You care about your pet and so do we. However, we often overlook our pets oral health. If a toothache or sore gums is left untreated, it can cause serious problems for your pet. So, what can you do? We’ll teach you how to care for your pet’s teeth.
Here is our very own Shandi taking care of Dozer’s teeth. Although you might not have the tools or training to clean your pet’s teeth like Shandi; there are things you can begin doing today to help your pet’s teeth be more healthy.
Your pet’s dental care should be as regular and routine as grooming your pet or walking your dog. But, where do you begin? First, do not be overwhelmed. If dental care is new to you and your pet, begin small…daily brushing is ideal but is also unrealistic for some cats and dogs.
If this is the case for your pet, then begin by offering them something they can chew on for a long time like rawhide or knucklebones or a plastic chew toy for dogs. For cats, you might offer them oral hygiene chews that are available in the pet section of your grocery store.
If you feel that you and your pet can tolerate more; then you may want to purchase your pet a toothbrush, pet toothpaste and teeth wipes or pads. Now, do not expect your pet to sit and open wide like Dozer. It can take several days or even weeks for your pet to feel comfortable enough to let you brush their teeth. Do not rush things as this can stress both you and your pet.
You may want to follow these simple steps on how to care for your pet’s teeth:
First, spend time with your pet, get them familiar with you handling their mouth. You may want to dab your finger in something tasty and let your pet lick at your finger while you gently rub their teeth and gums. Then, as your pet feels comfortable, choose a time of day that is quiet and peaceful and bring out the brushing gear. Let your pet sniff and lick the toothbrush and toothpaste. Then move your pets lips aside and rub the visible teeth gently. If you are only able to brush a few teeth, this is fine. Start small and gradually increase the number of teeth you brush each time. End each brushing session with a reward or affection. Make this a positive experience for both you and your pet and before you know it; you may be like Dozer and Shandi…or at least brushing 3-4 times a week. Call Cannon Family Dental at 801-292-3501 for healthy ideas and care of you and your families teeth.