Tartar and gingivitis are two of the most common problems seen by veterinarians and poor dental hygiene can lead to gum disease, loss of teeth and, if untreated, could develop into more serious conditions such as bacterial infections of the heart, liver, or kidneys. In fact, 80 percent of dogs and 70 percent of cats show signs of oral and dental disease by the age of three. Gingivitis and tartar can advance to periodontal disease or form abscesses, these infections can spread to your dog’s heart valves, liver and kidneys. It’s serious business.
February is Pet Dental Health Month. An important month of awareness for our pets and their well-being. Share this on your wall and encourage friends and family with pets to have their pet’s teeth checked out by a professional. Watch the video at the bottom of this post and you’ll see what I mean.
Top 3 Tips For Pet Dental Health
1. Daily Brushing
Brushing your pet’s teeth helps to remove plaque and slow the development of tartar. When first beginning to brush, be gradual and make it a pleasant experience. It is recommended to use a finger brush and you can eventually add pet toothpaste (do not use human toothpaste). Be sure to reward your pet afterward with play or a nice walk!
What your pet eats affects his smile. Dry foods and treats can help clean plaque from teeth. Real bones can be dangerous for your pet (raw bones, for instance, can scrape and tear internal organs and can easily become a choking hazard) and should not be used for teeth-cleaning purposes.
Talk to your veterinarian about annual or semiannual teeth cleaning. A teeth cleaning performed by your vet is the only way to remove tartar build up. Just like you would schedule a cleaning, be sure to calendar in your pet’s cleaning as well. You can also find low-cost dental cleaning services on the Internet. There are also non-anesthesia dental cleanings. Find the right dental cleaning for you and your dog. Just do it.
Remember, your dog could be in pain and you may not even know it. One thing is for sure, your pup will feel better after a good professional cleaning.