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Once your pet’s teeth are bright and shiny, what can you do to keep them that way? There are a variety of products in veterinary clinics and pet stores. What I recommend is choosing a dental product at a comfort level that both you and your pet can tolerate. You don’t want to feel like it’s a chore and have your pet go into hiding. With that in mind, here is a quick review for you:
The first, and probably easiest, dental product is the finger toothbrush. It slips over your forefinger, and with it’s small bristles, it allows easy brushing of your pet’s teeth. As for toothpaste, most owners will choose an enzymatic toothpaste specifically designed for pets. Normally it will be beef, liver, or chicken flavored so that your pet doesn’t fight you while you brush it’s teeth.
There’s also a product called dental wipes which are self explanatory. They are handy for those who don’t want to be bothered with pet toothbrushes or pastes. Also, many pet stores will carry a simple breath spray. Fairly easy – just open your pet’s mouth and spray.
Lastly, if you feel guilty about having these adversarial confrontations with your pet, you could purchase something a little more user-friendly. Mouthwash for your pets. Before you entertain the idea of wrestling your pet to try to get it to gargle, don’t panic. Mouthwash solutions for pets are easy to administer. A capful of the solution is added to your pet’s drinking water. No fuss. No muss.
According to Dr. Michael E. Staub, DVM, “Dogs begin to show signs of oral disease between 2 to 3 years of age, while cats show signs around 3 to 4 years of age. The tartar build up is how we age them.” Having your pet receive dental cleanings and keeping your pet’s teeth bright and white is a great way to keep your pet’s overall health in good shape. Because, after all, no one should have to live with bad doggie breath.
If you any questions, feel free to e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org or call the Honey Creek Animal Hospital at (812) 234-7752. Cheers!
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