Thank you for your messages, I’m glad my tips have been useful in enhancing your pet’s lives. Lately, I have been receiving a lot of queries from worried pet parents regarding the dental health of their pets.
Dental health is an important aspect both for dogs and cats. If you notice a pungent odour emanating from your pet’s mouth or have been noticing a decline in their appetite, it is a sign of a dental problem. It is very important to identify and treat the problem in the initial stages to prevent the occurrence of painful dental diseases.
As passionate pet parents we must prevent any unnecessary oral pain. Hence, it is imperative that a dental care program is implemented for the welfare of our lovely babies. I’m giving you 5 ways to improve your pet’s dental health.
1.Timely Dental Examinations
Periodic veterinary dental exams are key in maintaining your pet’s dental health. Doing so will keep you updated on your pet’s dental health and facilitate timely treatment of any problem. The frequency of the visits depends on the age of your pet. Younger pets aren’t prone to dental diseases as compared to the senior ones.
Ideal dentist visit for a young pet – Once a year
Ideal dentist visit for a senior pet – Every six months
2.Dental Cleaning Toys and Treats
You read right. Pet toys and treats play a significant role in dental health management. They not only entertain your pets but also work as teeth cleaning agents. Consult a vet to find the best dentist approved products for your pets.
3.Regular Brushing with Pet-Specific Products
While brushing every day works just fine for us humans, it doesn’t really work the same way when it comes to our pawtastic pals. Let your vet suggest the use of a pet-specific toothbrush and toothpaste to ensure their safety. Try establishing a consistent routine that incentivizes your pets with treats to make the brushing process easier.
4.Dental-Friendly Pet Foods
Wet food tends to stick to the pets teeth and invites the formation of bad odor and plaque, which further cause dental diseases. I recommend feeding dry, dental friendly foods that help cleansing your pets teeth. Consult with your vet to find the best dental friendly pet food for your pet. You can also look for pet foods labeled as “accepted” by VOHC.
Water additives are the alternatives to brushing and dental diets. You can ensure your pets dental health by simply adding a solution to your pet’s drinking water. This alternative works best for pet lovers who cannot brush their pet’s teeth and when a particular dental diet fails. Water additives come with ingredients that help reduce oral bacteria, hence reducing plaque formation. I advise that you consult with your veterinarian regarding the right water additive for your pet.
Developing a dental disease can be very painful and troublesome for you and your furry friend. Follow these steps if your pet exhibits bad breath or shows a decline in appetite and ensure his happiness and safety. Do let me know how this works for you.
Until next time.
Have a woof-tastic day!