Why is dental health so important?
We love our pets to the moon and back and we sure want to take care of them properly! This is a very important aspect since it causes really painful problems for them. More than 70% of animals older than four have periodontal disease, and without proper treatment, it can spread to their body and cause even more damage.
If you want to improve your pet’s dental routine, read some of the things you can do below!
How to take care of them properly
Does your cat’s breath smell a little bad ? This could be a sign of periodontal disease or – a more common problem among felines – stomatitis. This condition can inflame their gums and mouth tissue causing a significant amount of pain.
Also, other signs of this disease would be bleeding gums, yellow or brown teeth, pawing at the mouth, and loose or missing teeth. Be careful with your pet and if anything like this happens, call your veterinarian right away for control and some advice regarding adequate treatment.
Brushing their teeth
Tooth brushing can become a very beautiful bonding experience between you and your pet. It might seem hard at first, but there is nothing that patience and love can’t resolve.
Everything has to be done gradually — let them get used to the toothbrush and the pet toothpaste by letting them smell the tools. Then, clean his or her teeth for 30 seconds on each side of the mouth and with time try to wash them every day.
Remember the little candy you received as a kid when you were going to the dentist? Try to promote oral health to your dog using the exact same method. After brushing, give your pet a treat so next time while brushing the pet, it will have more patience since it knows what comes afterward!
There are dental treats even for cats or rabbits, not only for dogs. Even the nearest pet shop to you might have them for sale.
Also, there are some specially designed treats that help dogs and cats maintain their gums and teeth healthy. In order to see if the ones you usually buy are good for your animal or just to be a little more informed, try to talk to your veterinarian about them.
Just as humans do, dogs and cats need to have their teeth checked once in a while. The doctor will first look through the animal’s medical history, then ask about any of the symptoms explained in this article. The specialist will also check for any inflammation in the neck or head area.
Finally, he or she will look at the animal’s teeth and gum for any inflammation, redness or bleeding. Also, tooth loss, cracked teeth, tartar, lumps, and bumps can be a sign of disease. This should be done regularly even at home. Don’t forget to be patient and careful with your pet.