Although Pet Dental Health Month is officially a couple of months away, it’s always a good time to talk about the importance of keeping your pet’s pearly whites in a good state of health. As a pet owner, attention to your pet’s teethis one of the most important routines you can do to care for them. Think of it this way…would you go for a day, two days, or even a week without brushing your own teeth? No? We thought so.
The AVMA (American Veterinary Medical Association) has put together this quiz to test your knowledge on this subject. Try taking it! Some of the answers may surprise you.
Here are a few other things to keep in mind when considering your pet’s dental health:
Start early, and young.
By desensitizing your pet early to tooth brushing, you’ll actually be helping his dental health, but even more-so, enhancing the bond between you! On your first try, take out the toothbrush and hold it where your pet can see it, sniff it, and touch it. Then when the item isn’t quite such a curious novelty any longer, place the toothbrush near his face for small increments of time. Reward this with small, but tasty treats. After a few trials, get your pet accustomed to the toothpaste. Then it’s time to try gentle brushing for small amounts of time. Here’s a video that will help!
Many options exist for toothpastes your pet will love!
Just as you may have preferences for peppermint, cinnamon or other minty flavors in your toothpaste, your pet may find his own preferences, too! Delicious (to them!) flavors that make you think of cringing will be right up their alley! We even offer some of these items, such as beef, poultry, or even seafood flavors in our online store! You’ll also find toothbrushes and any other supplies to help keep your pet’s teeth in tip-top shape.
Benefits of brushing your pet’s teeth daily.
Just like you, dogs can develop plaque and tartar on their teeth. Daily brushing helps to reduce occurrence of cavities. This will help keep the surfaces of the teeth clean and freshen their breath. Not only will your pet reap these rewards, but you’ll have a chance to notice any signs of obvious tooth trauma or discomfort so that you can make an appointment to visit us right away. Pets are experts and hiding their pain, and this is one way you can get an up-close view of any teeth issues.
Schedule your pet’s annual dental cleaning with us.
Daily brushing is helpful, and imperative to your pet’s health. But even with the best of dental care, much like you, a professional cleaning once a year helps to go beyond just what is visible to the eye. Professional cleanings help reach below the gum line where periodontal disease may be lurking. And if you’ve noticed your pet has foul smelling breath it’s likely there may be early stages of this disease. This process completed under anesthesia and is safe for your pet (our doctors will be able to assess if there are underlying issues which may cause complications through their pre-dental bloodwork).
We hope these tips help you in the care of your pet’s teeth. If you have questions, reach out to us at Grantsburg (715) 463-2536 or Wild River (320) 629-7474. You can also make your pet’s appointment here.
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