Should I Brush My Pet's Teeth? - All About Pet Dental Care
Why You Should Brush Your Pet's Teeth
Having to brush your own teeth every day can be an annoying chore no matter what - add on the chore of brushing your pet's, and the task can be daunting. We've made it super easy for you to figure out all the basics of dental care for your furry friend, and all the risks that come with ignoring it.
Periodontal disease is a disease that affects both cats and dogs, and can cause major issues in the long term for all pets. According to our friends at Bellingham Vet, by age three, 80% of dogs and 70% of cats have some evidence of periodontal disease. Periodontal disease is when plaque buildup from food hardens into tartar, aka gingivitis. Gingivitis, if left untreated, can progress to periodontal disease, which causes irreversible long term damage. Tartar can sit along the gum line and cause inflammation and infection. Periodontal disease can cause bad breath, tooth loss, bleeding, pain, and other problems. If left untreated, infection can move to other parts of the body through the bloodstream.
For more reasons on why leaving your pet's teeth untreated can cause problems, make sure to read about it in our blog here!
How to Brush Pet’s Teeth
There are a few ways you can go about cleaning your pet’s teeth, and the best way is easily by using pet-safe toothpaste and a toothbrush. By taking the time to learn how to do it when your dog is a puppy, both you and your furry friend can get used to it, making it easier on the both of you! Here’s a few tips and tricks to get you started
Toothbrush and Toothpaste
A pet friendly toothbrush, or a finger brush, is the perfect tool for making sure you’re getting all the nooks and crannies of your canine’s canines. Paired with some peanut butter or chicken flavored toothpaste (regular toothpaste is toxic to pets!) and lots of scratches, who wouldn’t have a fun time? Take your time, and give them lots of hugs and cuddles.
Make sure to start as soon as you can, especially if you have a younger puppy or kitten- the both of you will have a way easier time the more you do it. Starting young, making sure you and your pet have a good relationship, and reserving teeth cleaning days for calm and quiet days can set you up for success!
There are loads of different treats out there that help with your pet’s dental hygiene. Chewing rawhides, nylon bones, dental hygiene treats, or even just dry kibble can be enough to help keep up with their dental hygiene. Of course, the best thing you can do is give your furry friend these goodies along with regular brushes. If your furry friend will not let you brush, then this can be an option for you, along with visits for teeth cleanings!
If you’re looking for goodies that your pup will love, our furiends at Pet Factory have loads of options that can help the upkeep of your pup’s dental hygiene! Their American raised and produced beefhide chews are a fan favorite!
As always, it’s important that the diet you’re feeding your pet is well rounded and healthy. Some of the best things you can feed for their dental health includes raw veggies like carrots and broccoli that will “brush” the buildup off of their teeth. If you’re unsure about fruits and veggies that are safe for your pet, check out our article about the different produce you can feed your furry friend!
When To Get A Teeth Cleaning
On top of, ideally, regular cleaning from you, taking your pet to get teeth cleanings can be the best thing you can do to prevent any issues. Try to take them for cleanings once you begin to see tartar buildup on their teeth; if you wait too long, you risk an infection or pain for your furry friend! During a teeth cleaning, your vet will place your pet under anesthesia and will drill away any tartar buildup.