The idea of your pet needing a toothbrush might seem funny, but good oral health requires a good habitual cleaning routine. Do you properly care for your pet’s teeth?
Too many pets are suffering from tooth decay, gum disease and rancid breath. Pet’s are often loosing teeth prematurely and suffering from pain as their mouth health continues to decline. Oral infections can even lead to bacteria entering the bloodstream and affecting your pet’s heart, lungs, kidney and liver. More than 80% of pets after the age of three are suffering from some form of periodontal disease.
Taking Care of Your Pet’s Teeth
Your pet has no way to clean his or her teeth without your help. Often, the foods your pet eats to maintain a healthy diet are not tough enough to scrape the plaque from the teeth. Studies have found that changing just the structural makeup of food and treats can reduce plaque build up. Therefore, it is important to:
Look for dental toys and anti-plaque treats. These specially formulated items are exciting for your pet and great on the teeth. Treats alone could reduce anywhere from 10-70% of plaque buildup.
Work with your pet to become accustomed to a habitual tooth brushing routine. This might be difficult at first. Train your pet to enjoy tooth brushing by starting slow and making the experience positive with a follow-up treat. Spend the first week training your pet to sit or lie down and hold still while you stroke his or her face. Spend the next week spending short sessions of brushing your pets teeth and lips with your fingers. Finally, switch to a finger brush and slowly increase your brushing time. Eventually, you should work your routine to a few minutes of brushing 2-3 times a week with a pet toothpaste.
Take your pet in for a yearly exam. Your vet will want to see your pet at least once a year to undergo professional cleaning and examinations. Your vet will take x-rays to catch problems above and below the gum line. Your pet will be under anesthesia as the vet carefully looks over and cleans each tooth.
Are you ready to schedule your pet’s dental exam? Call us today!