February is National Pet Dental Health Month. CDCH is joining hundreds of other charities to raise awareness of the importance of maintaining your pet’s dental hygiene.
Just like us, our pets can suffer from oral health problems like gum disease and tooth decay.
Dental problems can lead to bad breath, discomfort and more serious health issues including kidney or heart disease.
Helping your furry friend to clean their teeth can also prevent costly dental care.
Taking good care of your pet’s teeth can prevent dental problems and large vet bills.
1. Brushing your pet’s teeth
At first, your pet might not be keen on having its teeth brushed. Introduce brushing gradually and around the same time each day for consistency.
There are plenty of toothbrushes out there. You can choose between finger brushes, ideal for smaller dogs to longer-handled brushes, ideal for bigger breeds.
It’s important to use toothpaste specifically designed for your pet, as human toothpaste can contain xylitol, a poisonous ingredient.
Start slowly and reward your dog, cat or small furry with treats or praise when they cooperate during brushing sessions.
2. Fight plaque and bad breath
Dental Chews came in many shapes and sizes and the ingredients can also vary significantly. When choosing dental chews for your dog or cat, opt for natural ingredients.
Water Additive is a convenient way to stay on top of your pet’s dental hygiene. Simply add the mouthwash to your pet’s water bowl.
Plaque Powders added to food are equally easy to use.
For brushing reluctant pets, these fuss-free dental solutions can be your best tools to fight plaque, gum disease and bad breath between brushing.
3. Visit the Vet
Regular dental vet visits will save your pet from potential discomfort and will save you money in the long run.
To make the visits as stress-free as possible, practice looking inside your pet’s mouth so they become used to it. Reward them with praise or a treat when they cooperate.
Worried about vet bills?
CDCH offers a Low-Cost Vet Clinic for individuals in receipt of a means-tested benefit within our Gloucestershire and South Cotswolds community.
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