Pet Dental Care Tips

by on September 26th, 2011 at 7:00 am

As important as it is for us to take care of our teeth and practice good oral hygiene habits, we need to do the same for our dogs and cats. Our furry friends are susceptible to broken teeth, tooth decay, cavities, and gum disease if their teeth are not kept clean. Gum disease can lead to serious health problems such as heart, liver, kidney disease, even organ failure.

To prevent dental problems, start your pet on a homecare dental program today. Follow these tips and help keep your pet happy and healthy. It will add years to your pet’s life and be less costly for you too!

1) Look for signs of bad breath, loose teeth, bleeding gums, discolored teeth, receding gums, drooling and loss of appetite. To do this, you have to physically check your dog or cat’s teeth and gums.

2) Take your pet for routine oral checkups to the vet, and if their teeth are bad in shape, professional cleaning can be done.

3) Brush your pet’s teeth everyday but remember to only use toothpaste that is suitable for dogs or cats – so, no Colgate please! For those looking for an easier alternative to brushing, try dental chews as these contain anti-plaque agents.

4) Make sure that your pet is fed a well-balanced diet packed with all the essential vitamins, minerals and nutrients. Always give dogs dry food and add large, raw bones such an ox tail, lamb shank or beef brisket to their meal to remove plaque. Cats should also be fed good, quality dry food which can be mixed chicken wings and necks.

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