Pet Dental and Periodontal Health

 

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Elmhurst Animal Care
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Elmhurst Animal Care Center provides care for various companion animals, including specialized care such as dental, boarding, and emergency services. Illinois pet owners can turn to Elmhurst Animal Care Center for any pet medical need.

Most dogs and cats of at least three years of age develop some form of dental or periodontal disease, but veterinary medicine can prevent or treat these issues. Pets with dental issues often present with bad breath, swollen gums, and discolored or cracked teeth. Long-term periodontal problems can in turn create new health conditions, such as heart disease or liver failure, so pet owners should consider looking after their pets’ teeth a priority to help ensure a long and healthy life for their animal.

Elmhurst provides annual dental exams as part of its overall pet checkup, including dental X-rays to ensure no problems are lurking within the teeth or beneath the gum line. During this exam, the veterinarian will clean the pet’s teeth and gums more deeply than a groomer can, cleaning the area below the gum line and polishing the crown of each tooth. While superficial cleanings can help a dog or cat’s teeth look nice, only veterinarians can perform the deep cleanings necessary to promote excellent dental and periodontal health.

A Look at the Recommended Diet for Domestic Rabbits

 

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Rabbits
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Located in Elmhurst, Illinois, Elmhurst Animal Care Center provides high quality veterinary services seven days a week. A Better Business Bureau-accredited business, Elmhurst Animal Care Center not only offers preventive and wellness care, but also advanced diagnostics, emergency care, and training services.

The center also offers advanced veterinary medical care capable of addressing the needs of exotic animals. These exotic pets include parrots, canaries, finches, rare reptiles, and fish, as well as mammals that range from sugar gliders and ferrets to hedgehogs and rabbits.

Rabbits, which are a member of the Lagomorpha order, are social pets that typically live eight to twelve years. Like other exotic pets, rabbits have special needs that owners should be aware of. An herbivore, rabbits should have a constant supply of water as well as hay or orchard grass at their disposal. By nibbling on grass and hay, rabbits prevent the formation of sharp points on their teeth. Owners should also offer a variety of vegetables on a daily basis. Treats, such as fruits or pellets, should be offered in moderation, while yogurt treats should be avoided.

Home Dental Care for Cats

 

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Elmhurst Animal Care
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A cat-friendly practice, as certified by the American Association of Feline Practitioners (AAFP), Elmhurst Animal Care Center offers preventive and treatment services that meet the physical and emotional needs of cats and kittens. As part of its preventive care practice, Elmhurst Animal Care Center helps owners maintain their cats’ dental health.

According to data from the American Veterinary Dental Society, approximately 70 percent of cats show signs of dental problems by the time they turn 3 years old. This makes dental disease the most commonly diagnosed health problem in cats, and it is one that can cause a cat to be in severe and constant pain. Fortunately, owners can take steps to prevent it through regular veterinary exams and at-home dental care.

The ideal hygiene routine involves regular tooth brushing, but many cats will need to acclimate slowly to the experience. Experts suggest that owners start by gently touching the cat’s mouth and lifting its lips while the cat is in a happy and relaxed state. Once the cat is used to this, the owner can work up to either brushing with a veterinary toothbrush and toothpaste or wiping the cat’s teeth with a special dental wipe.

Dental rinses may be effective if a cat will not submit to tooth brushing, and dental toys or treats can help. An experienced feline veterinarian can recommend a particular brand. Meanwhile, the owner should look out for signs of oral discomfort, such as drooling, bad breath, or a reluctance to eat.