We humans struggle to take good care of our teeth (I mean, when is the last time you flossed???). How about your pet’s teeth though? Just like us, good dental hygiene is very important for overall good health.
Since February is National Pet Dental Health Month, now is a great time to learn about the best ways to take care of your lil buddy’s chompers!
It’s amazing to know that 80% of dogs and 70% of cats will have some form of dental disease before they turn three.
Dr. Amber Karwacki of Heart + Paw has some tips to take care of your pet’s dental health all year long:
Brush Their Teeth – Regularly brushing your pet’s teeth is the most effective thing you can do to keep their teeth healthy between dental cleanings. Daily brushing is best, but it’s not always possible and brushing several times a week can be effective. There are multiple types of tooth brushes to use but only pet toothpaste should be used. If the pet really hates tooth brushing there are dental chews and treats that can also be used.
Visit Your Vet – Pet parents should bring their furry friend at least once a year to their vet for a professional cleaning. The veterinarian will check for signs of a problem and ensure your pet’s mouth is healthy.
Nutrition – What your pet eats can contribute to periodontal disease and gingivitis. The food’s texture and make-up can help maintain tissue integrity, stimulate saliva production, alter plaque bacteria metabolism, and provide mechanical cleansing of tooth surfaces. Your veterinarian can make a specific nutritional recommendation of a product proven to be effective in enhancing canine/feline oral health.
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