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Caring for your pet’s teeth

Like humans, cats and dogs have a set of baby teeth that fall out and then have a set of adult teeth that need to last for the rest of their life!

Caring for these teeth will help ensure your pet doesn’t suffer from any of the problems associated with poor dental hygiene,

  • Plaque and tartar.
  • Swollen/painful gums, sometimes receding from the teeth leaving them loose or falling out.
  • Bad breath, caused by bacteria (not nice for them or us!). In severe cases the bacteria can enter the blood stream, potentially damaging internal organs.

What can you do to help prevent dental disease?

Brushing;

We brush our teeth every day, so why not brush your pet’s teeth too?!

There are many different pet toothbrushes and toothpastes available. Don’t use your own toothpaste as this is not safe for pets. It is best to start brushing your pet’s teeth from a young age so they learn to accept it; however, it is possible to start slowly and gently with an older pet too.

Diet;

Feeding a biscuit diet that your pet has to crunch on can help to keep the teeth clean.  There are many specially formulated dental diets that contain everything your pet needs. Dental chews can also be used to keep the teeth clean. Remember, these contain additional calories so reduce daily ration to allow for this.

Anti plaque water additives;

It is possible to add a special solution to your pet’s drinking water. This contains antibacterial agents and an ingredient that helps stop plaque and tartar formation. This can be purchased from your Veterinary Surgery.

 

 

A Veterinary Nurse can check your pet’s teeth (normally a free service), and will be able to advise you on the best dental care for your pet.

 

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