The health of your pet’s teeth and gums are hugely important to their overall health. Untreated tooth and gum problems, and broken blood vessels, increasesthe risk of spreading bacteria to their bloodstream, which can cause organ failure. The sooner you start your pet on a dental regime, the better, so here are some tips to help you meet their dental needs.
Most cats and dogs will likely experience dental disease ate some point in their lives. If you’ve never paid attention before, we recommend visiting your vet so your pet can get specialised cleaning and treatment with anaesthetic, which can be maintained at home using toothpaste that has been created to appeal to their tastebuds.
Getting your pet familiar with dental hygiene
Following your vet’s appointment, or as soon as your puppy has gotten their teeth, which is usually at about two months of age, start by getting your pet used to toothpaste by letting them taste a bit of it. You can do this right before their mealtime or bedtime, and not when they want to play, or are distracted.
Eventually, you can progress to rubbing the toothpaste onto their teeth and gumsfor about a minute, making sure to include the outsides, tops, and bottoms. Once they’re used to the presence of toothpaste, you can graduate to a toothbrush.
Reinforce this dental regime with a simple reward, like a game of fetch, or a walk – doing so will help them to associate oral health with fun. There are also a number of dental-friendly kibbles and treats you can share with your pet to promote healthy teeth and gums.
When to go to the vet
This routine should be more than enough to keep your pet’s oral health up to scratch. However, if you notice that your pet has lost an appetite, or is picking at their food, has redder than usual gums, has developed foul breath, or is avoiding playing with chew toys, they could have an ache or infection requiring treatment. In any of these events, be sure to see you vet as soon as possible.
If you’re currently worried about your pet’s dental health, contact the expert team at South Eastern Animal Hospital.
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