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What to Do after Your Pet's Teeth Are Cleaned?

What to Do after Your Pet's Teeth Are Cleaned

Having your pets' teeth cleaned can do a lot of good for their health. There is a clear link between canine gum disease and heart problems, so keeping those chompers clean is vital to your pet's long-term well-being. However, your pets may act a little weird after having their teeth cleaned. This is normal, you just need to know what to expect.

Post-Cleaning Behavior

  • Loss of appetite. That is, your pet likely won't have much interest in eating their usual food. This is simply because their gums are a little sore after the cleaning. Within a day or two they should be back to normal.
  • Excessive drooling. Again, soreness is the culprit here. When you get out of the dentist, you usually have a little trouble swallowing saliva, and the same is true in dogs and cats.
  • Disinterest in playing with their favorite toys. Your pet is unlikely to want to chew on their favorite tennis ball right after a teeth cleaning.

It may seem a little unusual to see them behaving this way, but there's nothing to worry about as long as there are no other, more worrying symptoms in play.

With that in mind, what are your responsibilities following a cleaning?

How to Maintain Teeth after a Cleaning and Care for Your Animal

  • You're probably going to want to feed your animal mild, soft, wet food for the first few days. This is especially true if your pet has had an extraction.
  • Keep an eye out for bleeding, swelling, or anything else that looks unusual. Your pet should be fine, but it's better to be safe than sorry.
  • Learning how to brush your dog's teeth is easy. Just be gentle and move in circles. You'll want to brush at least a few times a week, but if you can't brush their teeth, you can apply pastes, instead. Dogs typically use bones to clean their teeth, but this isn't a great idea right after a cleaning.

If you're looking to get your pet's teeth cleaned in Bloomington, or if you have any questions, get in touch with us at Fairway Knolls Veterinary Hospital and let's see what we can do to ensure that your animal lives a long, healthy life.

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