What You Need to Know About Your Pet’s Teeth

Pet parents understand vaccines and regular health screenings are part of the preventive care pets need to stay to healthy. However, dental care for dogs and cats remains a mystery for some pet owners. Chisholm Trail Veterinary Clinic of Lockhart is happy to shine light on the dental process so you can choose what’s best for your beloved dogs and cats!

Have your pet’s teeth clean at least once per year

Can’t remember the last time your cat or dog had a thorough dental cleaning and exam? It isn’t too late to start now! Chisholm Trail Veterinary Clinic of Lockhart offers a 10% discount on dental services in August to encourage pet owners to bring their pets to our clinic soon for a thorough cleaning and dental exam.

Home care is crucial

Do you brush your pet’s teeth at home? Now is the time to begin. Dogs and cats are equally as susceptible to cavities, broken teeth and gum disease as their human counterparts. Establishing good brushing habits will help preserve your pet’s existing teeth and avoid costly dental procedures in the future. Start slowly by introducing the toothbrush the allowing your pet to chew on or explore the tooth brush beforehand, without forcing your pet to participate in brushing right away.

Know how to spot a problem

Signs your pet’s teeth may be in trouble aren’t always obvious. Here are a few tips to help you know whether your dog or cat may be approaching serious dental problems:

  • Bad breath
    Foul breath is an indicator of serious gum disease. It’s important to treat gum disease before it reaches an irreversible stage of periodontitis.
  • Pawing at the mouth or drooling
    Drooling or digging at the mouth may be a way your cat or dog is trying to tell you about his or her mouth pain. If you notice this behavior, it’s best to follow up with a dental appointment at Chisholm Trail Veterinary Clinic of Lockhart.
  • Broken teeth or bleeding gums
    If your dog or cat has broken teeth or is bleeding from the mouth, he or she needs a dental exam right away to determine the cause. Dental trauma is painful and can lead to infections if not treated in a timely fashion.
  • All dental services at Chisholm Trail Veterinary Clinic of Lockhart are performed under sedation and carefully monitored by our veterinarians. The anesthesia keeps your pet comfortable and allows us to thoroughly clean your pet’s teeth. Your pet’s dental exam will ensure your pet has a clean bill of dental health for the coming year until his or her next dental exam.

    Make sure you have your pet’s appointment for a professional dental exam and cleaning while the discount lasts!

    Call now to book your appointment today 512-640-0497!

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