February is National Pet Dental Health month. It’s a great time to look at the benefits of a good dental hygiene routine for your pet. If you don’t have a regular regimen then this is the perfect time to begin.
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Bentley has always loved to have his teeth brushed. I can show him his toothbrush and he will come running. Pierre is not a huge fan of brushing but has gotten much better. Both of the boys have healthy teeth and gums. Your veterinarian should check your pet’s teeth and gums during every visit. If dental disease is present, they will recommend a professional cleaning which requires anesthesia. We haven’t had to go that route and hopefully, with continued diligence, it won’t be necessary. Our vet told us that Bentley’s teeth looked like those of a 3-year-old pup! #ProudDogParents
There are many products available to keep your dog’s smile pearly white and reduce tartar buildup. Along with regular brushing using a pet-friendly toothpaste, we have used water additives and chews. I have found that the boys enjoy their chews the best.
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One of the brands they love is Barkworthies™. We recently received the new Barkworthies Brushers and they were a big hit. Harvested from the Arrack tree, these chews are an all-natural choice to use in place of rubber or plastic dog chews. They can help fight plaque and tarter as well as keep your pup’s breath smelling great. Brushers won’t splinter and are free of additives, chemicals, and preservatives. You will find them to be a wonderful chew for teething puppies and aggressive chewers.
What are the signs of periodontal disease in your pet?
• Bad breath
• Abnormal chewing or drooling
• Bleeding from the mouth
• Reduced appetite
• Pain associated with chewing
The fact is that 80% of dogs show signs of periodontal disease by their third birthday. Today is the best time to start taking care of your best friend’s teeth and gums. I use toothbrushes specifically designed for a dog’s mouth. They are available in most stores and online. You can always use a finger brush to get them used to you messing around with their mouths. With time and patience, your pup can have a dazzling smile and fresh breath.
Test your knowledge on your pet’s dental health with this quiz. Hint: Some answers can be found in this post. ☺
It’s confession time. Do you have a regular dental routine with your dogs and cats? Tell us how you do it.
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