Pet Dental Health Month: February

 

When it comes to Dental Health in our Pets, we need to ensure we are doing our part in helping maintain their overall dental health.  According to the American Veterinary Dental Society, nearly 80% of Dogs begin to show signs of Oral disease by the age of three.  When it comes to our pets dental health, we wanted to offer some advice on how to help keep your fur baby’s dental health in tip top shape.

Advice for Dental Health for Pets:

 

Teeth Brushings:

  • Get your pet used to toothpaste by putting a small amount of pet based toothpaste on your finger and gently rubbing it on your pets lips, gums and teeth.
  • Work up to using a pet toothbrush by putting toothpaste on bristles and allowing your pet to lick it off.  Start off by brushing in smaller intervals, then work your way up to a more thorough brushing.
  • Your goal here is to minimize plaque and tartar buildup as Dogs and Cats do not get cavities in the manner that Humans can get.

 

Dental Exams:

  • Veterinarians recommend getting cleanings and evaluations at least every 1 – 2 years.
  • Schedule routine exams to have your pets teeth checked are determined by your Veterinarian, however generally can be up to 6 months apart after the initial visit.

 

Diet / Supplementation:

  • Make sure to offer a diet that is able to help remove plaque.
  • Provide a daily oral chew that can aide in targeting plaque and tartar buildup as well as freshen breath.  Provide after meal time.
  • Do not give your Dog hard chew toys that could possibly damage teeth.

 

Dental Dos and DON’Ts:

  • Do – Brush your pets teeth as often as possible.
  • Don’t – Hard Chew Toys can cause unnecessary damage to your pet’s teeth.  While these may last a long time, they can also cause damage such as fractured teeth over time.
  • Do – Regular Dental Visits.  Schedule appointments with your Veterinarian often to ensure your pet is getting the proper dental care.
  • Don’t – No need to tolerate bad breath.  Bad breath isn’t a good thing and can be a sign of periodontal disease.
  • Do – Check out our brand new product just recently launched, aimed to help fight buildup of Plaque and Tartar as well as fight bad breath.

 

Ultimately, when it comes to your pets dental health, think of it this way.  How do you think your teeth would look if you skipped brushing your teeth for an extended period of time.  Don’t let your Dog or Cat have unnecessary dental health issues by simply not having the conversation with your Veterinarian.