Eighty percent of dental tartar on your pet’s teeth consists of bacteria. There is a very high chance of these bacteria damaging your pet’s gum beyond repair and entering into their blood stream to cause serious infections. The worst part about your pet’s poor dental hygiene is that they aren’t even aware of it to warn you. Here are 5 ways dental care can help you preserve your pet’s health.
1. Make sure you brush your pet’s teeth
It is extremely important to brush your pet’s teeth. Make sure you brush their teeth 3 to 4 times a week and then make it a habit to do it every day. The brush should have soft bristles and it is better to use pet friendly toothpaste. Try to turn tooth brushing into a bonding experience with your pet. It may not be as easy as it sounds to brush your pet’s teeth and might take a couple of weeks for them to get used to it.
2. Get regular dental checkup
Make sure you take your dog to attend dental checkups on quarterly or yearly basis. Your vet can administer anesthesia and conduct a thorough dental cleaning which very easy and effective if you are unable to brush your dog’s teeth on daily basis. A dental exam will also allow your pet to appreciate bleeding, inflammation, tooth crack, cracked teeth, tartar and cancerous bumps.
3. Dental treats, toys and foods
Dental treats, toys and foods may not be as efficient as brushing but are designed to promote oral health that will keep their teeth and gums healthy. Pets love treats and they come in many different flavors including chicken and tuna.
4. Don’t ignore warning signs
One of the major warning signs includes your pet having a bad breath. This could indicate that your pet has periodontal disease such as stomatitis. Other signs include bleeding gums, yellow or brown teeth or losing teeth altogether. If your pet has any of these signs or is acting extremely irritable, take them to the vet to get a complete checkup including their dental review.
5. Dietary importance
Diet plays a huge role in maintaining your pet’s general health and hygiene. Some foods are very acidic and can end up damaging your pet’s teeth. On the contrary, there are a variety of foods that are formulated to maintain oral hygiene and avert dental disease.
Cute Photo IG @2blackdogsview