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Veterinary Chronicle

Did you know that your cat has 30 teeth and your dog has 42? To help prevent dental problems including the accumulation of plaque and tartar, it is recommended that you brush your pet’s teeth on a daily basis.

Tartar build-up in an animal’s mouth can cause gingivitis and loosening of teeth. In more severe cases, it is necessary to extract the affected teeth. Also, dental plaque contains a multitude of bacteria which can spread throughout the blood system and affect certain internal organs (such as liver and kidneys).

It is important to have a preventive dental cleaning for our pets, just as we do when we visit regularly our dentist. The dental prophylaxis consists of removing plaque and tartar build up and helps restore the animal’s teeth and gums for a healthier mouth. This procedure is done under general anesthesia.

In order to help maintain good hygiene and dental care, there exist clinically proven dental formulas in food, treats and oral hygiene chews. Ask one of our veterinary technicians for a recommendation adapted to your pet’s needs.

Dre Marie-Ève Cardin