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The Tooth about Your Pet's Dental Health

Posted in: Dog, Cat, Pet

Not only is stinky breath unpleasant to deal with, periodontal disease can have major impacts on your pets general health and well-being. Dental disease is linked to kidney disease, heart disease and other chronic illnesses.

The good news is- we can help!

Preventative care is so important- if your pet’s teeth are pearly white- that’s great! But we need to keep them this way. Regular dental cleanings can often prevent dental disease and the need to extract teeth. It also gives us an opportunity to address other mouth abnormalities - check for cancer, broken teeth and misaligned teeth.

Below are some helpful images of the different stages or “Grades” of disease:

There are a number of ways to prevent dental issues:

Healthy Mouth Solution added to your pet’s water (come in store or check out the website for more info: https://www.healthymouth.com/)
Appropriate dental chews
Recommended dental diet options
Tooth brushing (see below)
Dental De-scale, polishing and oral exams.

When it comes to brushing:

STEP 1: Introduce a brushing program gradually. Avoid over-restraining him and keep brushing sessions short and positive. A small dog can be held in your lap. Praise and reassure your pet throughout the process.

STEP 2: At first, dip a finger into beef bouillon (do not do this if your dog is allergic to beef protein). Rub the soaked finger gently over your dog's mouth and teeth. Make the initial sessions short and positive.

STEP 3: Gradually, introduce gauze over the finger and gently scrub the teeth in a circular motion.

STEP 4: Finally, you can introduce a soft toothbrush designed for pets. Use a sensitive or ultra-soft brush designed for people or a brush designed for pets. Special pet toothbrushes are available from Pet & Vet or as specialty pet store. Don't use toothpaste designed for people because it could upset your dog's stomach.

Come in to the Pet & Vet clinic and chat to our friendly staff about your options.

Tags: Pet, Pet Health, Senior, Cat, Pet care, Dog, Pet and Vet, Dental

Not only is stinky breath unpleasant to deal with, periodontal disease can have major impacts on your pets general health and well-being. Dental disease is linked to kidney disease, heart disease and other chronic illnesses.

The good news is- we can help!

Preventative care is so important- if your pet’s teeth are pearly white- that’s great! But we need to keep them this way. Regular dental cleanings can often prevent dental disease and the need to extract teeth. It also gives us an opportunity to address other mouth abnormalities - check for cancer, broken teeth and misaligned teeth.

Below are some helpful images of the different stages or “Grades” of disease:

There are a number of ways to prevent dental issues:

Healthy Mouth Solution added to your pet’s water (come in store or check out the website for more info: https://www.healthymouth.com/)
Appropriate dental chews
Recommended dental diet options
Tooth brushing (see below)
Dental De-scale, polishing and oral exams.

When it comes to brushing:

STEP 1: Introduce a brushing program gradually. Avoid over-restraining him and keep brushing sessions short and positive. A small dog can be held in your lap. Praise and reassure your pet throughout the process.

STEP 2: At first, dip a finger into beef bouillon (do not do this if your dog is allergic to beef protein). Rub the soaked finger gently over your dog's mouth and teeth. Make the initial sessions short and positive.

STEP 3: Gradually, introduce gauze over the finger and gently scrub the teeth in a circular motion.

STEP 4: Finally, you can introduce a soft toothbrush designed for pets. Use a sensitive or ultra-soft brush designed for people or a brush designed for pets. Special pet toothbrushes are available from Pet & Vet or as specialty pet store. Don't use toothpaste designed for people because it could upset your dog's stomach.

Come in to the Pet & Vet clinic and chat to our friendly staff about your options.

Tags: Pet, Pet Health, Senior, Cat, Pet care, Dog, Pet and Vet, Dental