The dos and don'ts of dog dental care

When it comes to pet care, pet dental care often does not get enough spotlight in the list of veterinary services. Teeth and gum health are essential for more than just humans. Your dog’s dental health has an impact on its general well-being too. So, it’s critical to keep up with it. To aid in taking care of your dog’s dental care, here are some Dos and Don’ts when it comes to good dental care.

The Dos

DO brush your dog’s teeth daily. There is a special formulated pet-safe toothbrush toothpaste out there just for them.

DO set up yearly teeth cleaning appointments. It is one of the many veterinary services your pet’s vet has to offer.

DO be observant of any changes in your dog. Is your dog chewing only on one side? Have they lost their love of their chew toys? Frequent bad breath? All of these might indicate a more severe condition.

The Don’ts

DON’T replace brushing your pet’s teeth with dental chews. Dental chews are additions to your pet’s oral health routine.

DON’T feed your dog only wet food. Dry crunchy kibble provides the nutrients your pet needs. It also helps your dog’s teeth to support the battle against tartar and plaque.

Vet Dentists Matter

Don’t get a dental cleaning from anyone other than your veterinarian. Pet groomers often offer pet teeth cleaning services. Not officially licensed or trained, they do not have all the proper tools for actual dental cleaning. They are technically just brushing your dogs’ teeth for you. Always go to a licensed veterinarian where they will put your pet under anesthesia to get their deep-down gum and teeth cleaned. There are cleanings without anesthesia, but again, it will not be an actual dental cleaning because you can not reach a particular area unless your pet is unconscious. While it may seem unfit or cruel to some, it is the nicest thing you can do for your pet as they will not feel any discomfort.

Periodontal disease affects 70 to 80% of dogs and cats by the age of three. Unchecked tartar and plaque buildup can lead to heart, liver, and kidney problems. Next time you are at the vet, check with your pet’s doctor’s veterinary services to see what pet dental healthcare they offer.

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