It can be easy to forget about your pet’s dental hygiene. After all, your pets don’t come with you to your regularly scheduled teeth cleanings. But it is very important to stay on top of your pet’s dental hygiene to be sure they live a long and healthy life.
Why Is Your Pet’s Dental Hygiene Important?
Just like humans, if pets are left with bacteria in their mouths, it can enter their bloodstream and affect the heart, liver, and kidneys. Some veterinarians report that a very high percentage of people’s pets are facing some negative effects from poor dental hygiene. The good news is that it is very preventable with regular scheduled cleanings and checkups.
If you have never scheduled your pet for a teeth cleaning, don’t stress – you still have time! It’s better that you learned about this later rather than never. Pets don’t have the same ability as humans to communicate with us if their teeth or gums hurt. A regular dental check-up will give you the peace of mind that your pet’s dental health is okay and he is feeling great.
At-Home Dental Care
Now that you have your pet scheduled for regular dental checkups, it’s time to begin at-home dental care. What most pet owners don’t know is your pet can benefit from weekly teeth cleanings. It might be difficult to start this after never doing it before, but it’s doable. You should start small and make sure to reward your pet for good behavior during the cleanings.
Easy Dental Cleaning
For some pets, there are toys that are meant to do the cleaning for them! For example, dogs can benefit from chewing on knuckle bones or artificial chewing bones. Be sure you choose bones that are safe for your pet to have in their mouth, because some toys are too hard and can be a choking hazard.
Now that you are all up to speed on dental hygiene for your pet, call us to schedule your pet’s first dental checkup if you haven’t already! You will have peace of mind knowing your pet’s hygiene is in check and he is living a healthy life.