Why is dental health important for pets?
Maintaining good dental hygiene is not only important for humans, but for pets as well. While most people are aware of the connection between human dental health and overall health, many do not realize that the same is true for their pets. In fact, approximately 80% of dogs and 70% of cats show signs of oral disease by the time they are 3 years old. However, many pet owners are unaware of the importance of dental care for their animals.
The consequences of poor dental health in pets
Pets rely on their owners for good dental care just as humans do. Unfortunately, poor dental hygiene in pets is a common problem. When left untreated, poor dental health can lead to serious consequences for pets, including pain, infections, and tooth loss.
Poor dental hygiene can also lead to other serious health problems, including organ damage, infection, and pain, as well as kidney, liver, and heart disease. That’s because bacteria from the mouth can enter the bloodstream and cause problems throughout the body.
The effects of dental disease on pets
Dental disease is one of the most common health problems in pets seen by veterinarians, and it can have a serious impact on your pet’s overall health.
Dental disease is caused by a build-up of plaque and tartar on the teeth, which can lead to gingivitis (inflammation of the gums) and periodontitis (inflammation of the tissues around the teeth).
Gingivitis is a common condition in dogs and cats and is caused by plaque and tartar build-up on the teeth. A recent study has shown that there is a link between pet gingivitis and overall pet health. If not treated, gingivitis can lead to periodontal disease, which is a serious infection of the gums and bone around the teeth.
Another common problem associated with poor dental health in pets is periodontal disease. This is a condition in which the gums become inflamed and infected and can eventually lead to tooth loss. Periodontal disease is painful for pets and can also lead to other problems, such as difficulty eating or drinking.
In a previous blog article, we highlighted that regular brushing, as well as professional cleanings by a veterinarian, are the best ways to prevent dental disease.
Here are 4 things you can do to prevent pet dental disease:
Just like in humans, dental disease in pets can lead to pain and infection, and can even affect other organs in the body. That’s why it’s so important to keep your pet’s teeth clean and healthy.
1. Feed your pet a healthy diet.
This means avoiding processed foods and sticking to whole, nutritious foods. There are also special diets that can help improve a pet’s dental health. These diets typically contain ingredients that help reduce plaque and tartar buildup on teeth. In some cases, these diets can also help reduce gum disease and tooth loss.
2. Brush your pet’s teeth on a regular basis.
This can help remove plaque and tartar build-up, and will also help your pet get used to the process so that it’s not as stressful for either of you.
The importance of regular brushing your pet’s teeth
The good news is that you can help keep your pet’s teeth healthy by brushing them regularly with pet-safe toothpaste. When it comes to your pet’s dental health, regular brushing is key to preventing gum disease, tooth decay, and bad breath. While some pets may tolerate teeth brushing better than others, it’s important to start slowly and be gentle.
Here are a few tips for brushing your pet’s teeth:
-Use a soft-bristled toothbrush or a gauze pad wrapped around your finger.
-Start by gently rubbing your pet’s gums with the brush or pad.
-Gradually increase the amount of time you spend brushing as your pet gets used to it.
-Don’t forget to brush the back of your pet’s teeth!
-Give your pet a treat afterwards to positively reinforce the experience.
Why is pet toothpaste recommended?
Pet toothpaste is specifically designed to be safe for consumption and gentle on your pet’s stomach. In addition, pet toothpaste usually comes in flavours that appeal to your furry friend, like chicken or beef, which helps make brushing a more enjoyable experience for both of you.
In addition to the pleasant taste, some pet toothpaste contains enzymes that are designed to help break down plaque chemically, which reduces the time you need to actually spend brushing your dog’s teeth.
3. Take your pet to the vet for regular dental checkups and cleanings.
Regular professional dental cleanings can remove any tartar or plaque that has built up on your pet’s teeth and help prevent gum disease.
4. Give your pet chews or toys that help keep their teeth clean.
One way to help keep your pet’s teeth clean is to give them dental treats. These treats are specially formulated to help reduce plaque and tartar buildup. They come in a variety of shapes and sizes, so you can find the perfect one for your pet.
Dental treats are a great way to help keep your pet’s teeth clean and healthy. Be sure to choose a quality product from a reputable brand, and give it to your pet on a regular basis. Your furry friend will thank you for it!
By following these tips, you can help keep your pet’s teeth healthy and prevent dental disease.
As any pet owner knows, a healthy pet is a happy pet. And while there are many factors that contribute to a pet’s overall health, good dental health is an important part of the equation. So keeping your pet’s teeth clean isn’t just about fresh breath – it’s about keeping them healthy and happy for years to come.
At My OwnVet, we are more than ready to polish and clean your pets’ teeth! Call our office at 07 3277 6594 and our caring staff will schedule your pet’s next dental health exam!
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