Between feeding and grooming, your pet’s dental health might be the last thing on your list of things to care for. But your pet’s oral care is vital to their health, so we’ve created this guide to keep your pet’s mouth healthy in between fetch and meal time.
FEED YOUR PET TOOTH-FRIENDLY FOOD
This one is easy! Switch out your normal kibble for teeth-cleaning pet food. Many brands offer food that includes ingredients that can help prevent tartar and plaque buildup. The kibble pieces are often also shaped specifically to help scrub plaque from your pet’s teeth.
GIVE YOUR PET CHEW TOYS WITH DENTAL BENEFITS
There are many toys out on the market now that also have oral benefits for your pet, so they can actually work on their dental health while they play. There are dental chews, biscuits, and rawhides that keep your dogs interested and get to work on cleaning their mouths. Even gnawing on regular chew toys can help keep plaque at bay.
BRUSH YOUR PET’S TEETH
The big one! This may not be the most fun, but it’s probably one of the most important ways to keep your pet’s mouth healthy. At least three times a week you should brush your pet’s teeth with a toothbrush and toothpaste specifically designed for pets. By brushing their teeth, you’re helping remove plaque and tartar that can build up and cause serious dental issues.
CHECK OUT YOUR PET’S MOUTH
At least once a month you should take a peek inside your pet’s mouth to make sure everything looks ok. Scan their gums and teeth for any signs of decay or disease. Your dog’s mouth is a window into their overall health, so the healthier the mouth, the healthier the pet.
TAKE THEM TO THE DENTIST
Once a year you should make an appointment with your pet’s veterinarian for a checkup, which should include a dental exam. Just like with humans, it’s vital for your pet’s oral care to have a professional check their teeth.
Make sure you’re taking care of your own oral health along with your pet’s! Call us today to schedule an appointment for a checkup and cleaning.