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Senior Pets Benefit From Regular Dental Checks

Tooth and gum problems are very common in senior pets. The importance of a good home dental regimen and regular dental visits to the vet cannot be overemphasized; and these should start while your pet cat and dog are still very young. Here are tips to help keep your senior pet’s teeth and gums healthy:

  • Provide lots of chew toys. Senior pets also need them too, not only teething puppies. Chewing exerts a massage action on the dog’s gums and helps prevent the accumulation of plaque and tartar. 
  • Be familiar with the symptoms of tooth and gum problems. The earlier a problem is detected and addressed, the easier it will be corrected, and the better the prognosis. It will also mean lesser veterinary bills compared to treating an advanced case of dental issues. Some important signs of dental problems include foul-smelling breath, sudden change in eating habits and/or your pet’s appetite, gums that are reddish, inflamed, and painful when touched, and stained or brownish teeth. Pets may also rub or paw at their mouth or face frequently to try to alleviate the pain and discomfort. 

A good dental care regimen can make a big difference in your senior dog’s health and comfort.  Always bring your pet to your Columbia, MD animal hospital for regular dental visits. Learn more here.

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