Help them sink their teeth into life!
2 February 2021 — Miscellaneous
February is the month of love, but it’s also pet dental health month. What better way to show your love than to contribute to your pet’s good oral health with small daily actions? According to the American Veterinary Medical Association, 80% of dogs and 70% of cats start showing signs of oral diseases by the age of 3.
Why is dental care so important for your pet? If you don’t take care of their teeth, it could lead to health problems which could become severe if ignored. It’s better to know how to recognize early signs of dental problems and how to prevent them.
Precursory signs which could indicate that your pet needs dental care:
- Bad breath
- Tartar build-up (yellowish brown colour on teeth)
- Gingivitis (redness and swelling of the gums), loose teeth
- Mouth pain
- Difficulty eating, or eating without chewing
- Loss of appetite
- Excessive salivation
It’s essential to use multiple hygiene methods to prevent these problems.
Ideally, you need to start brushing your pet’s teeth from an early age. Brushing their teeth is not always an easy task but think of it as well-invested time. First, it’s important to use toothpaste specifically meant for pets because dental products for humans can contain ingredients that are toxic for our furry friends. You also need to choose a soft bristle toothbrush to avoid irritating your pet’s gums. Choose a toothbrush size that suits your pet’s mouth to make the process more pleasant for them. As we do with our own toothbrushes, you also need to replace your pet’s toothbrush approximately every 3 months. Don’t forget that consistency is the key to success!
A Well-Balanced Diet
Your pet’s oral health also depends on a healthy diet. Some kibble contain ingredients that can help prevent tartar build-up, while others help mechanically clean your dog’s or cat’s teeth. This supports oral health and helps reduce plaque and tartar accumulation. It’s important to know that wet food does not have these benefits, so it is better to opt for dry food to encourage your pet to chew.
Treats and Toys
Multiple dental bones and treats for dogs, as well as gels or chewable tablets for cats are available on the market. These treats can help maintain good oral health, but they do not replace daily teeth brushing. There is also a large variety of safe chew toys that allow your pet to have fun and that take care of their teeth at the same time!
Just like us, cats and dogs need daily teeth brushing to maintain optimal oral health. Remember, it is never too late to have good dental hygiene habits.
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