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Dental Prevention, Is It Important?

In Health Tips on February 28, 2013 at 1:56 pm

Since it is the last day in February, I find it the perfect time to talk about dental health in pets. You might already know that February is National Pet Dental Health Month. Many Vet clinics offer discounts or special offers for clients bringing their pets in for a dental cleaning. They also help teach clients how to brush their pet’s teeth. They do this for a reason.

Dental Problems:

The reason vet clinics push this months topic so heavily, is because it truly is an important prevention tool. Diseases like gingivitis and periodontal disease can cause some major issues. When a build-up of tartar happens, this makes a broken or loose tooth more likely to happen. From there, teeth fall out and pets have trouble eating hard food. That means you have to switch to a strictly wet diet. And let me be honest, wet food is much more expensive.

Prevention:

Now, if you don’t want to spend hundreds of dollars each year on a dental cleaning, there are other options. The easiest is giving your dog rawhides. These are great because your dog HAS to chew on these, this cracks the tartar away from the gums cleaning the teeth. Problem, many dogs have choked from swallowing a large piece, or they swallow a piece and it creates a foreign body. There are also dong that just don’t like chewing on a raw hid. So, if you are going to go with the raw hid route, make sure you keep an eye on your pet when they are chewing away

Another easy option is dental diets. These are great because they are larger pieces of food making your dog or cat actually chew on the food. Many pets swallow regular pet food without chewing. The only issue is that dental diets are a little more expensive, and you generally need a prescription to get them. Most all vets will willingly give you the prescription for the food.

The third option is brushing your pets teeth. This is something that can prevent having to get  your yearly dentals. It is fairly inexpensive and there are a number of pet toothpastes which animals love! They taste like beef! This is also a very safe method!

My pet:

teeth

Now, I am a bit lazy when it comes to my cats teeth. I have only brushed his teeth a few times. It’s not that he hated it, I’m just lazy about it. So, what I do is feed him Science Diet T/D. But, I am also poor. So to off set the price, I mix his T/D with science diet light hairball control. The best part is he LOVES the T/D. He picks those pieces out before eating any other pieces. Plus, his teeth are perfect! Take a look.

What are you doing to prevent periodontal disease for your pets? Do you have favorite products?

Comment, post, question, and learn. Lets connect!

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  1. I try to be a good Mommy and brush Cora’s teeth at least twice a week! She loves her electric toothbrush!

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