According to the American Veterinary Dental Society, up to 80 percent of dogs and 70 percent of cats have symptoms of dental disease. Luckily, there are steps you and your veterinarian can take to keep your pet safe from these statistics. Here’s what you need to know about protecting the teeth and gums of your furry friend.
How to Clean Your Pet’s Teeth & Gums
When you ignore your pet’s oral health, the plaque on their teeth hardens into tartar, which often causes infection. The infection then leads to painful, costly dental problems, and the spread of bacteria can even damage your pet’s other organs. To prevent these issues, it’s essential to brush your pet’s teeth regularly. You can start by introducing your dog or cat to a pet-specific toothbrush and letting them lick a pet-specific toothpaste. Once they become comfortable with the items, which may take a month or two for some animals, gently brush a few teeth in small circles, adding more teeth each day. Give your pet plenty of reassurance as your brush, and offer a favorite treat once you’ve finished. Brush at least a few times a week, preferably daily. If you encounter any issues with brushing, ask your veterinarian for help.
Other Ways to Prevent Dental Issues
In addition to brushing, try giving your pet treats, food, and toys that promote dental health. Look for the Seal of Acceptance from the Veterinary Oral Health Council on any dental items you buy. Schedule annual dental cleanings with your veterinarian, as only a professional can remove tartar and accurately assess your pet’s oral health.
Your furry friend deserves an excellent dentist, which is why you should turn to PetPlex Animal Hospital. Serving Buckeye Lake, OH, and surrounding communities, every veterinarian at this practice will treat your pet with compassion and expertise. In addition to pet dental services, the team also provides pet CT scans, senior pet care, dog training, and more. Learn more about their services online, and call (740) 929-3300 to schedule a dental cleaning today.