Dental health is very important, you wouldn’t dream of going to work or bed without brushing your teeth first, not only is it important to stop oral diseases and ailments but also your friends and family may not want to be around you if you have bad breath. The same is true of our pets. Not having dental care can lead to bad breath in pets too, not only that but pets can get oral diseases as well.
Periodontal disease is the most common clinical condition in cats and dogs and can cause problems throughout the rest of the body too. Furthermore it is completely preventable. The signs for this disease are not just bad breath, but also a loss of appetite, bleeding gums, drooling or pawing at their mouth.
How can I ensure good pet dental health?
If your pet has bad breath there are things you can do to help. Their bodies have a natural self-cleaning system which is maintained by making sure they have a balanced diet. Including some chews and biscuits help to scrub the plaque off the teeth too.
There are products on the market that can help too. There are toys available that clean dogs’ teeth whilst they play, check out our DIY toys ideas; the rope and chew toys will help clean your dogs teeth.
If the build-up is quite bad, then you can get special toothbrushes and toothpaste from pet shops and vets. Just remember not to use human toothpaste as ours includes fluoride, which is toxic to animals. If you struggle with a normal doggy toothbrush then thimble type toothbrushes are available that slip over your finger and can be easier to use. A willing pet participant is required and if this proves difficult and the build-up is significant, a trip to the vets might be in order to descale your pet’s teeth.
Cleaning teeth is not just for dogs and cats
We tend to think of Dogs and cats when thinking about pet dental hygiene; however, we should also think of our other pets. The definition of rodents means a gnawing mammal that does not have canine teeth but has constantly growing incisors. The reason they gnaw on things is to grind down their teeth. This category includes rabbits, guinea pigs, hamsters, gerbils, mice, rats and more. If you have one of these pets, you must provide something for them to gnaw. Wood is generally best. However, please make sure the wood is free from varnish, paint, or another substance that could be harmful to your fluffy friends.
Regular Check ups
Do not forget as part of your pet’s health regime they should be having regular check-ups at the vets. Part of the consultation should be to inspect their mouth and teeth for ailments and disease.