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5 Drama-Free Teeth Cleaning Tips for Your Pet

October 8, 2015, 1:53 pm

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Helping your pet maintain good oral hygiene isn't just about their teeth, and getting rid of their stinky breath (although, those are two major perks). Dental disease, left unchecked, increases the risk of bacteria entering your pets' bloodstream, traveling to major organs, and could lead to major, and even fatal, health problems.

It sounds dire, but just a small ounce of prevention, by simply keeping your pets' teeth clean, can help extend the life of pets by 3-5 years. By following these simple tips, you can keep your pets' teeth cleanings easy and drama-free. :-)

5 Drama-Free Teeth Cleaning Tips for Your Pet

  1. Visit Mt. Tabor Animal Hospital. If you haven't been cleaning your pets' teeth regularly, a good place to start is with a trip to the vet. Your pet should have annual dental exams where we inspect your pets' teeth, gums, take x-rays if needed, and remove tartar and plaque. We can also pull any diseased teeth, and make sure you start with a clean slate, so to speak, when you go to start brushing your pets' teeth on a regular basis.

  2. Have the right tools. Arm yourself with pet-friendly toothpaste! Using veterinary and species-specific toothpaste is an important aspect to this process. You'll find animal-friendly flavors at most pet stores, but ask one of our vets what they recommend at your next visit. To start, give your pet a small taste of the toothpaste (yum, peanut butter flavor!), and using a soft toothbrush or rubber tip that fits on your index finger, rub away plaque along the outside top and bottom gums for about a minute.

  3. Timing is everything. When you go to brush your pets' teeth, choose a time when they're being especially lazy, or have just woken up. You can also attempt a cleaning right before their regular meal time, so that way the meal becomes the "reward".

  4. Get comfortable. The most comfortable position for both of you will be to have your small dog or cat in your lap, with your pet's head facing away from you. Use your right hand to brush the left side of their mouth, and vice versa.  For a larger dog, face them while they're sitting or standing. Afterward, make sure you give lots of fun ball throwing time, petting, and praise.

  5. Give them a bone. At your next scheduled visit with MTAH, check with us about the right kind of treats that help with tartar-control. There are lots of treats out there labeled as "tartar control", but aren't. Also keep in mind that the right kind of treats aren't a substitute for brushing your pets' teeth regularly.

If you have questions, or if you suspect that your pet is in pain with a toothache, call Mt. Tabor Animal Hospital, and schedule an appointment with one of our vets. Also, did you know November is dental month at Mt. Tabor Animal Hospital? Book a dental appointment for your pet in November, and receive a great discount! Call our office to learn more, and book your pet's appointment.

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