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Animal Dental Health, Dental Care for Pets, Dental Disease In Pets

Dental Care for Pets-Why It’s Important and How to do it

Did you know that February is National Pet Dental Health Month? To celebrate, I thought I would share the top 10 reasons dental care for pets is important to furry kids and their parents. Your pet’s oral health is just as important as your own-it can prevent heart damage and other health problems.

Here goes-please feel free to share these with your friends so we all know how important this is:

1. A pet with healthy teeth is a pet with better breath. I think everyone knows that’ true-it’s the same for human beings, right?

2. Dental disease in pets can lead to problems with other organs, such as the heart.

3. Baby teeth that don’t fall out can cause problems, too. Did you know that adult dogs have 42 teeth and full grown cats have 30? If all a dog’s or cat’s baby teeth don’t come out, it can lead to gum irritation and tartar buildup.

4. Periodontal disease can be caused by plaque buildup. Did you know that 4 out of 5 dogs over the age of 3 have some kind of gum disease? For this reason, it is important to remove plaque from your pet’s teeth. Keep reading-we’ll go into “how” in a little bit.

5. Pets that don’t receive dental care can lose their teeth painfully.

6. Dogs and cats are good at hiding pain-you might now know there is a problem until it is serious.

7. Teeth wear out-as they wear down, the tooth’s root might become exposed which can be painful.

Dental care for pets can be very expensive if you get it done at a vet’s office. Last time I checked, it cost $300 at my vet’s. That might not be so bad for one, but if you have multiple pets, that bill could run up into the thousands. Who can afford that these days?

Save yourself some money and take a look at a few ways to tackle animal dental health at home:

Bones

Give your dog chewy bones. Chewy bones are made specifically to prevent periodontal disease. That is when bacteria causes the gums to be inflamed which causes loose teeth. Chew-bone toys also help get rid of plaque and promote good breath.

Toothbrushing

Yes, brush your pet’s teeth. Find a toothbrush that will fit your pet’s mouth-they are made for both dogs and cats. Try to find toothpaste that has a nice flavor, like vanilla and look for the ingredient “chlorohexidine”, which helps fight gum disease and bacteria.

Additives

There are products you can add to your pet’s water to kill bacteria that causes bad breath. It also cleans your pet’s teeth.

There are also treats available for dogs and cats that clean their teeth and freshen their breath by using chlorophyll. We’ve all heard of “Greenies”, right?

What Have We Learned?

It’s safe to say that the reasons for having dental care for pets are the same reasons we have it for human beings. Good breath and preventing damage to other organs is important for everybody.

If you want to take your pets for the vet for their dental care but can’t afford it, you might check into pet insurance to see if a dental program is offered (again, just like ours!).

I would love to hear any ideas you have to keep your pet’s teeth clean. Maybe you have done something that wasn’t covered here. Just leave them in the comments below and then we can all share them.

Your Friend,

Victoria

My 10 Furry Kids


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