Pet Dental Services
In Aventura, FL

Amor Animal Hospital - Pet Dentistry

As pet owners, we all want our furry friends to live long and healthy lives. While we may take them for regular checkups and vaccinations, one aspect of their health that is often overlooked is their dental care.

Our veterinary doctors will assess your pet’s dental health and provide customized recommendations for optimal oral care. If a dental cleaning is advised, we conduct a thorough procedure, including radiography, scaling, and polishing, all carefully administered under close anesthesia monitoring. We have a modern dental suite and if further intervention is needed, such as extractions, we’re equipped to perform necessary oral surgery. We are proud that in our Aventura, FL veterinary clinic, dental extractions, and oral surgeries are exclusively performed by our doctors which provides you with peace of mind, knowing that your pet’s oral health is managed upholding the highest standards of care.

The Importance Of Pet Dental Care

Many pet owners may not realize the importance of dental care for their furry companions. However, just like humans, pets can suffer from dental issues such as plaque buildup, tartar, and gum disease. These issues can lead to pain, infection, and even tooth loss if left untreated. In addition, bacteria from dental disease can enter the bloodstream and affect other organs, leading to more serious health problems. Regular pet dental care can prevent these issues and keep your pet healthy and happy.

Signs Of Dental Disease

Pet owners need to be aware of the signs of dental disease in their pets. Some common signs include:

  • Bad breath
  • Yellow or brown buildup on teeth
  • Red or swollen gums
  • Difficulty eating
  • Pawing at the mouth

If you notice any of these signs, it is important to schedule a dental exam for your pet as soon as possible. Early detection and treatment can prevent further damage and discomfort for your pet.

At-Home Pet Dental Care Tips

Tooth Brushing

One of the best ways to maintain your pet’s dental health is by brushing their teeth regularly. While it may seem like a daunting task, with patience and practice, most pets can learn to tolerate and even enjoy tooth brushing. Here are some tips for brushing your pet’s teeth:

  • Start slow: Introduce your pet to the toothbrush and toothpaste gradually. Let them sniff and lick the toothpaste before attempting to brush their teeth.
  • Use pet-friendly toothpaste: Never use human toothpaste on your pet, as it can be toxic to them. Instead, use a toothpaste specifically designed for pets, which comes in flavors like chicken, beef, and peanut butter.
  • Be gentle: Use a soft-bristled toothbrush and gentle circular motions to brush your pet’s teeth. Start with the front teeth and gradually work your way to the back.
  • Reward your pet: After each brushing session, reward your pet with a treat or praise to make it a positive experience for them.

Dental Chews And Toys

In addition to tooth brushing, dental chews, and toys can also help keep your pet’s teeth clean and healthy. These products are designed to help remove plaque and tartar buildup while your pet chews and plays. Look for products that have the Veterinary Oral Health Council (VOHC) seal of approval, as these have been tested and proven to be effective in reducing plaque and tartar.

Water Additives

Another way to help maintain your pet’s dental health is by adding a water additive to their drinking water. These additives contain enzymes that help break down plaque and tartar and freshen your pet’s breath. Simply add the recommended amount to your pet’s water bowl each day for an easy and effective way to improve their dental hygiene.

Regular Dental Check-Ups

Pets should have regular dental check-ups with our team at Amor Animal Hospital. During these check-ups, we will examine your pet’s teeth and gums for any signs of dental issues. We may also recommend a professional dental cleaning if necessary. It’s important to follow our recommendations and schedule regular check-ups to catch any potential issues early on.