Pearly Whites: How To Brush Your Pet’s Teeth

A cat avoiding a tooth brushing

There’s plenty of pet care advice out there, but when it comes to your pet’s health and longevity, we think dental health is a top priority. That’s because it’s one of the best ways that you, as a pet owner, can give your pet a great quality of life. 

By the time pets are 4 years of age, over 85% of them have some form of dental disease. And while totally preventable, dental disease in pets is also painful for them and can bring about a whole host of complications, from tooth fractures to gum disease and tooth loss. 

The best plan you can make is to begin a daily regimen of brushing your pet’s teeth. You heard us right.  Learning how to brush your pet’s teeth, and doing it on a regular basis, is one of the best ways to prevent tartar and plaque buildup on their teeth and stop gum disease in its tracks. 

Are you rolling your eyes or giggling a bit? Read on to learn how easy it is to brush your pet’s teeth, from Rocklin Ranch Veterinary Hospital


What Are Pet Dental Chews, and Are They Worth All the Hype?

A Boston Terrier chewing on a dental chew

Taking care of your pet’s teeth is one of the most important tasks, but it’s not always the easiest. Whether it’s pet resistance or financial barriers, there might always be certain obstacles in the way. 

Luckily, there are other ways to help prevent periodontal disease, such as certain readily available products that aim to promote dental health. Pet dental chews, for instance, may be all the rage, but are they truly effective?


Taking a Bite Out of Pet Dental X-Rays

Pet dental X-rays are vital to the pet dental exam.

We’ve all been to the dentist and held those bite wing plates in our mouth while they obtained x-rays. While a little uncomfortable for a moment, we put up with it because we know how important it is for our dentist to see what is going on under our gum line.

Many people don’t realize, however, that our pets dental care needs are no different than ours, and that includes the need to see what’s happening below the surface. Pet dental x-rays are an important part of a thorough oral examination, which is why Rocklin Ranch Veterinary Hospital promotes them as part of a proactive pet care plan.


Making the Grade: Stages of Pet Dental Disease

A dog having teeth brushed

If you are a regular reader, you probably already know how much we at Rocklin Ranch Veterinary Hospital  care about dental care for pets. So many animals are affected by dental disease, and addressing it can make a hugely positive impact on the well-being and happiness of our patients.

Many of our clients want to know exactly what we are looking at when we assess a pet’s oral health. Join us in learning a little more about the stages of pet dental disease so that you can do your part to keep your pet’s mouth healthy.


Unlock Amazing Pet Oral Health with These Simple Steps

pet oral healthA healthy mouth is truly a healthy body for both pets and people. We (hopefully) brush our teeth every day and visit the dentist regularly for cleanings and checkups, but studies show that our pets aren’t getting the same treatment. According to the American Veterinary Dental College, most dogs and cats have some form of periodontal (gum) disease by the time they reach age three. Periodontal disease has been linked to a number of health challenges, including pain, tooth loss, and heart disease.

Preventing and treating gum disease is as crucial to your pet’s overall well-being as proper nutrition and exercise, and can even add years to their life. Your team at Rocklin Ranch Veterinary Hospital is committed to pet oral health, and we are here to help you get started on this important component of pet care.


Tiny Bites: All About Pet Dental Care

Brushing dogs teethFebruary is National Pet Dental Health Month, and we couldn’t be more excited here at Rocklin Ranch Veterinary Hospital! Dental care and health is a cornerstone of overall wellness for both people and pets, and we hope to increase education and awareness of this vitally important health regimen. Continue…

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Bad Breath in Pets: How to Enjoy Your Pet’s Kisses

A pug up closeNothing ruins a good cuddle session faster than stinky breath. If your dog or cat is suffering from halitosis, you will want to be sure to keep reading. Learn what causes bad breath in pets and how to remedy the problem. Continue…

Pet Dental Care: Why It’s Essential

Brushing dogs teethIs improving your pet’s dental health on your list of new year’s resolutions? If not, it should be! Where once we relied exclusively on bones or hard kibble to keep our pet’s chompers healthy, we now know that daily dental care, pet dental examinations, and teeth cleaning are essential components to your pet’s overall health.

Attending to your pet’s dental and oral hygiene goes a long way in combating numerous diseases that not only affect the gums and teeth but also the organs and systems of the body. Continue…

The Importance of Dental Care for Pets

iStock_000009963933_SmallAccording to the American Veterinary Dental Society, over 70 percent of cats and 80 percent of dogs will have gum disease by the time they are three years of age. Unfortunately, many pet owners don’t understand how important dental care is for our pets.

Just like people, pets develop plaque on their teeth, both on the tooth and below the gum line. Over time, this buildup can lead to tooth decay and dental disease. In extreme cases, it can develop into periodontal disease, which can lead to infections that may affect the heart, lungs, liver, and kidneys.

How to Recognize Dental Problems

When you have taken your pet in for his or her yearly check-up, you have probably noticed that your veterinarian looked into your pet’s mouth as part of the exam.  Your veterinarian is looking for signs of dental disease, including: Continue…