Have you looked lately at your pet’s teeth and gums? Just like us, pets fall victim to plaque and tartar which can cause serious issues for their health and wellness. Many dogs suffer from Periodontal Disease, with the majority of dogs being affected in some degree by two years of age. Our cats aren’t in the clear either. So, we’ve come up with some ways to help keep your pet’s oral health in tip top shape.
1. Pull out the toothbrush
Regular tooth brushing can help keep tartar build-up at bay. We recommend picking-up a specific pet toothbrush and skipping human toothpaste as it can contain ingredients toxic to dogs and cats. Instead, there are many pet toothpastes available in the market or a great at-home recipe such as combining coconut oil and a defatted kelp supplement, will also do the trick! For animals who might get stressed, try introducing tooth brushing slowly and don’t forget to praise and reward your pet throughout the tooth brushing process.
2. Consider a raw approach
Did you know that raw chicken necks and turkey necks are nature’s natural toothbrushes? The chewing and scraping of these fully edible bones are a great way to help scrape off pesky plaque. Not only are they a delicious treat that can keep them occupied, but they are an easy way to maintain their dental health. We recommend chicken necks for smaller pets, turkey necks for our larger four-legged friends and always suggest that pet parents supervise their animal while they enjoy their treat.
3. No sedation teeth cleaning with Dashing Dogs Dental
No sedation teeth cleaning is another great way to keep their teeth healthy and clean. The best part? There is no recovery time from this non amnestic service.
We recommend Dashing Dogs Dental, who’s mission it is to provide a comfortable teeth cleaning experience for pets. How do they do it? As they gain your pets’ trust, they start introducing a toothbrush and hand scaler. They remove plaque on all teeth surfaces including under the gum line and finish by brushing stains and gums.
Next time you’re cuddling with their pet, ask them to open wide and look at their teeth! They’ll thank you for keeping their dental health top of mind.