Proper Pet Dental Hygiene

As much as you love your dog, sometimes his breath can be bad enough to keep him at arm’s length (or even further). Although this can mean it is time to brush your dog’s teeth, extremely bad breath can also be a sign of gum disease. Just as it can in humans, according to Vet Street, gum disease can lead to serious health issues for your pet, including tooth loss and organ damage.

Since your pets cannot brush their own teeth, it is important to know the guidelines for proper pet dental hygiene to keep their mouths healthy. 5 Points Animal Hospital not only provides professional pet dental hygiene services, but we also can help you with learning how to properly take care of your pets’ teeth and gums. We would like to share with you a few tips on practicing proper pet hygiene.

Have your pets’ teeth professionally cleaned by a veterinarian at least twice a year.

Because of the dangers of gum disease, you should bring your pets into 5 Points Animal Hospital at least twice a year to have their teeth cleaned. According to Vet Street, at least 80 percent of dogs and 70 percent of cats over the age of three will have some sort of significant dental issue that requires treatment. You can avoid this health issue by keeping up with regular professional teeth cleanings.

Brush your pet’s teeth every day.

Another important thing you can do to promote good pet dental hygiene is to brush your pet’s teeth daily. Although this may sound challenging, it is completely doable if you have the right tools. You will need either a soft-bristled or a finger toothbrush for pets as well as a toothpaste that is especially made for pets. Our staff at 5 Points Animal Hospital is happy to show you the best way to do this task, if you need assistance. The best advice for brushing your pet’s teeth is to be patient as it may take some time for your cat or dog to get used to this important part of proper pet dental hygiene.

Provide the right chew toys.

If you want to help your pet keep a healthy mouth, you can give him chew toys that can actually help keep his teeth clean. Look for the Veterinary Oral Health Council (VOHC) seal when shopping for chew toys. Additionally, you should avoid giving your pet treats that can harm his teeth, such as pig’s ears, cow hooves, and real bones of any sort. Tennis balls can also be abrasive to dogs’ teeth, so keep that in mind when selecting a fetch toy.

Following these three steps can help your pet have a healthy mouth and avoid gum disease. Contact us at 5 Points Animal Hospital today to schedule an appointment to have your pet’s teeth professionally cleaned.

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