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The 5 W’s to Dental Care in Pets

Dental disease is the most common clinical condition among adult dogs and cats. Here is everything you need to know about the 5 W’s to proper dental care.

Why is oral care important for our pets?
Oral care is important for maintaining the overall health of your pet. Bacteria and plaque can lead to infection, spreading in the bloodstream and damage other organs including the heart, liver, and kidneys.

What can I do to prevent dental disease?
We recommend daily brushing, with a specially designed toothbrush and toothpaste for pets. There is also a number of products that promote oral health in pets, including rinses, dental food or treats or textured chew toys.

When do I brush their teeth?
We ideally recommend daily brushing. It might be easier for you and your pet if you time their tooth brushing after physical activity when they are tired.

Where can I find the signs of dental disease?
Always check for signs of dental disease in and around the mouth:

  • Bad breath
  • Red gums/bleeding from the mouth
  • Discoloured teeth with brown tartar along the gum line
  • Receding gum line
  • Pawing at the mouth and excessive drooling
  • Difficulty chewing kibble

Who can you talk to if you suspect a problem?
Talk to your veterinarian or veterinary staff if you suspect any signs or if you have any questions about how you can prevent dental disease in your pet.

Dental disease in pets is usually slow to develop and preventable. A professional dental cleaning might be the best choice for your pet if we want to slow down the progression of dental disease.

Written by: Monica Blanchard, RVT

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