When was the last time you took a look at your pet’s teeth? Although many pet owners don’t realize it, dental health care is important for cats and dogs, too! Since February is Pet’s Dental Health Month, here are a few tooth brushing tips to help keep your pet’s healthy.
Tooth Brushing Tips:
- Develop a Cleaning Routine – If you can, try to get your pet used to teeth cleaning at a young age. The American Veterinary Medical Association recommends getting cats used to the process when they’re kittens by using a finger cot or gauze, along with toothpaste. You can help your dog adjust by gently cupping their muzzle and eventually lifting the lips. Reward them at the end of the session with a treat!
- Use Special Toothpaste – Fluoride can be harmful if ingested by your pet. Use a toothpaste that is specifically designed for your pet.
- Stimulate the Gums – Inflammed gums are the first sign of tooth decay. Try to massage your pets gums to accelerate healing and prevent gum problems further on. The gums should be pink and healthy, not red or irritated.
- Schedule a Checkup – A dental checkup is an important part of your annual vet visit. Just like us, your cats and dogs can suffer from periodontal disease and tooth decay if their teeth are left unchecked.