Unlike us, pets are not able to brush and floss on their own to make sure their dental health is in optimal shape. When oral care deteriorates, it can be a source of long-term discomfort and pain. Pets can be quite good at masking the pain and owners can be completely unaware of the suffering their furry friends are going through.
Here are top 7 ways to keep your pet’s teeth healthy
1. Professional cleaning. Having your furry friends’ teeth professionally cleaned means that they can be properly examined for decay. There are many areas that you wouldn’t be able to access on your own, therefore a visit to the vet for a thorough cleaning is highly encouraged.
2. Brush their teeth. You can purchase toothbrushes specifically designed for pets. Use a small amount of pet-specific toothpaste and aim for routine brushing. Its recommended that you book a session with one of our nurses who can show you the best way to brush their teeth.
3. Encourage hydration. Water will help remove leftover food that could be stuck in between your pet’s teeth. Increased hydration keeps their teeth and gums in optimal condition.
4. Special food. You can obtain food and treats for cats and dogs that will kill bacteria in addition to strengthening and protecting gums and teeth. Speak to your vet about the best options for your beloved pet.
5. Keep their mouth clean. If you keep your pet’s mouth clean, it will help prevent germs around their mouth from spreading onto their gums. Even using a simple cloth to remove any food residue or dirt from their mouth can help.
6. Vigilance. By noticing changes in the smell of your pet’s breath, you can take action that could help prevent severe issues.
7. Routine Check-ups. Humans go for routine dental check-ups, so why shouldn’t your beloved pet? Your local vet will know exactly what to look out for in terms of your pet’s dental health – this means that they can spot a problem before it turns into something serious. Visit your local Village Vet practice every 6 months for a check-up.