How to help your dogs and cats stay healthy, starting with the teeth! Did you know that plaque and tarter build-up can lead to systemic infection and to liver, kidney and heart disease? Just like in humans is not just about a pretty face and a healthy set of chompers is the gateway to healthy pets.
Some facts to brush up on:
- Periodontal disease is the most common health condition in cats and dogs — even though it is preventable!
- Almost 80 percent of dogs and 70 percent of cats have developed periodontal (gum) disease by the age of 2.
- Poor pet breath may mean serious health issues that might be originating from his teeth!
Just like in humans, without dental care plaque will build up on the surface of teeth and at the gum line. If it’s not removed by brushing, this can become infected and move past the gums to the surrounding teeth and bone. Also, calcium salts from saliva can turn plaque into hard tartar, which becomes rough and forms a perfect bed for more plaque formation. With this process, gums can inflame and become painful with gingivitis. As gum disease advances, gums will become infected, and this infection can move into the bloodstream and can then spread to the heart, kidneys and liver.
We brush our teeth daily so why not brush our pets teeth, too?!
First, check with your local pet store to help point you in the right direction. If necessary consult with a veterinarian to assess your pet’s overall health and the health of their teeth and gums with a dental evaluation.
Will my pet let me brush their teeth?
With effective cat and dog training your pet will enjoy having their teeth cleaned. It is all about positive association and reinforcement. There are 3 techniques to use gradually over a period of about a week:
- Let your pet lick a small of bit of Pet Toothpaste from your finger and then give him a tasty treat. Do this for a couple days.
- The following couple of days put some Pet Toothpaste on the Pet Toothbrush and let him lick that followed by their favourite treat.
- Finally, gently brush a few teeth with his brush and give him a treat. Just a couple teeth gradually work up to more and more. Pretty soon your pet is loving it all!
It is really that simple. Quick, easy and will result in a lifetime of better pet health.
One very important note about toothpaste. Never use human toothpaste as your pet could choke on the foam.
During Pet Dental Month Telling TAILS has many savings available on dental care products.
- Pet toothpaste, pet toothbrushes, finger toothbrushes, plaque scrapers and dental care kits.
- Powder supplements like Natures Dentist serve to remove tarter & plaque while your pet eats
- Toys that encourage chewing to gently clean the teeth like rope toys can help to floss your pets teeth.
- Toys like Bionic chew toys, can have treats hidden inside that can help to scrape the teeth as the teeth move in to score the goodies.
- Treats that don’t break down easily like Bull Pizzles have a similar effect to flossing.
- Chewing on Tarter buster bones and Deer Antlers provide friction against the teeth as your pets chew.
Come in to Telling TAILS for dental care month and both you and your pet will come out smiling.