Can you imagine Fido with a pair of dentures? It’s not that outlandish and doggie dentures have been around longer than you might think! The first reported denture-wearing dog was in 1938. We don’t offer dog dentures at Dentures Par Excellence, but wanted to take this opportunity to share some information we’ve learned about pet dentures. There’s a reason you maybe haven’t heard that any of the dogs in your life are wearing dentures. Learn more about different false teeth options for dogs and cats.
Tooth Loss in Pets
Unfortunately, it’s fairly common for our pets lose their teeth, especially as they age. Most dogs and cats can live comfortably losing a few teeth. Typically, as they age, you may notice bad breath or irritated gums. Your veterinarian will determine if your pet needs their teeth pulled and they can perform the procedure at the clinic. The key to prevent tooth loss is to look inside your pet’s mouth! Gums should be pink and you shouldn’t see gunk on their teeth.
Preventing Tooth Loss
The best way to prevent tooth loss is to brush your pet’s teeth and monitor for any plaque buildup. You should try to brush your dog’s teeth every few days and your cat’s teeth at least once a week. Your vet may notice a plaque buildup and irritated gums during your pet’s annual exam and can sometimes professionally clean their teeth!
Why haven’t you heard of more dogs wearing dentures? Even though the first reported denture-wearing dog was 1938, not many dogs have them today. There are still some questions if it’s really comfortable for dogs to wear dentures. There is also concern of a dog accidentally swallowing their dentures. Plus, we don’t know how they even feel about wearing them!
Many senior dogs can learn to live comfortably with less (or no) teeth. There are wet food options that are easier for toothless dogs to eat and they can learn what not to chew on.
Yes, there is such a thing as dentures for your cats! Tooth loss is extremely common in older cats. It’s much harder to brush a cat’s teeth and much harder to even check a cat’s teeth and gum health. Have you tried to open a cat’s mouth when she didn’t want to? Not the most fun experience.
Just like with senior dogs, many cats can learn to live comfortably without some of their teeth. Your lucky kitty will just have to eat wet food!
We may not offer pet dentures, but we’d love to help you! Please contact the pros at Dentures Par Excellence. Schedule your appointment today by calling 309-693-7200 or visiting www.denturesparexcellence.com.