The Importance of Dental Care in Pets
Posted by Feeders Pet Supply on Feb 1st 2023
February is National Pet Dental Health Month, but a daily dental routine should be set in place for pets year-round. Proper oral hygiene can actually lead a pet to live happier, healthier and longer lives. If dental health is neglected, it can lead to more serious issues such as kidney, liver and heart muscle damage. So, it is essential that poor dental health signs should not be ignored - yes, this includes bad breath. Continue reading below for signs to indicate poor dental health, and ways you can keep your pet’s teeth pearly white and healthy.
POOR DENTAL HEALTH SIGNS
Bad breath. We know that our pets don’t always have minty fresh breath. However, if the odor isn’t directly related to something they ate, this may be an indicator of a more serious health condition, such as tooth decay or gum disease. If left untreated, gum disease can link to diseases of the heart, kidneys and liver. If you notice an unusual odor coming from your pet’s breath, it is important to contact your vet as soon as possible.
Yellow or brown teeth. This is typically a sign your pet has dental plaque or tartar buildup on their teeth. If you notice yellow or brown stains on your pet’s teeth, brushing their teeth with vet recommended toothpaste and feeding them dental treats can help prevent plaque buildup.
Inflamed/Bleeding Gums. This is also an indicator of gum disease. If you notice your pet’s gums are inflamed or bleeding, contact your vet right away as their teeth are most likely due for a deep cleaning.
Abnormal Eating Habits. Changes in our pet’s eating habits is always cause for concern, especially when there has not been a major change in their diet. When pets have gum disease, it makes chewing their food uncomfortable. Whenever your pet’s eating habits are out of whack, it is best to contact your vet to avoid other medical issues.
HOW TO CLEAN PET’S TEETH
Brush their teeth. Just like us humans, teeth brushing is at the forefront for maintaining proper oral health. If you can, it is ideal to brush your pet’s teeth daily. If not, once a week will suffice. There are toothbrushes designed specifically for your pet, like this Incredipet 3-Sided toothbrush. Likewise, you will want to get a toothpaste that is formulated for pets, as human tooth paste includes toxic ingredients like xylitol and fluoride that are harmful. It’s important to stay patient when first introducing teeth brushing to your pet as they may be reluctant at first. Once they get into a routine, they will learn to tolerate and appreciate teeth cleaning.
Dental treats & chews. Pet not a fan of teeth brushing? Try giving them a dental chew or treat for them to nibble on. Dental chews, such as Greenies, have a chewy texture that cleans down to the gumline to get hard-to-reach plaque and tartar and freshen breath. For cats, try Arm & Hammer Dental Treats. These chewable cat treats help control tartar in your cat's mouth, giving your pet the ultimate cat dental care.
Dental spray. Looking for an easy way to cure your pet’s bad breath fast? Spritz some dental spray! Sprays such as Nylabone’s Advanced Oral Care Dental Spray, work to fight bad breath while reducing plaque that harbors bacteria.
Regular veterinary cleanings. Protecting your pet against poor dental health is essential for them to lead a healthy, long life. Veterinarians are skilled in identifying and preventing any dental issues that otherwise might go overlooked. It’s a good idea to get a professional cleaning by your veterinarian once a year to avoid any dental issues in your pet.