Dental care is very important for the health of your pet. In fact, according to the American Veterinary Dental Society, 80 percent of dogs show signs of gum disease by age three.
Brushing your dogs teeth is a good way to maintain good oral hygiene. Start brushing for a few seconds at a time and gradually increase the time as your pet gets used to it.
A “finger brush” may be an easier alternative for smaller breeds. Puppies adapt easily to having their teeth brushed, so begin when he or she is very young. Do not use human toothpaste as dogs cannot rinse their mouths out, and human toothpaste is not meant to be swallowed.
For dogs that do not like the feel of a toothbrush in their mouths, we carry a new, innovative product line in our store. It is called Fresh Breath Made Easy. It is available in gel form that helps remove plaque and tartar — no toothbrush required, spray form that helps with the odor, and a water additive, which you can add to your pets drinking water, that is developed to provide essential daily oral hygiene care and promotes healthy gums.
The company also makes a low fat, low calorie treat with natural breath freshening ingredients. It is a great product and customers have told us that with regular use they have seen a difference on their pets dental health.
Warning signs that your pet has dental problems are difficulty eating dry dog food and hard treats. Look for broken, crooked or missing teeth. Check for swollen, painful or bleeding gums and any growths within the mouth.
If your pet has any of these symptoms it is best you call your vet and set up an appointment.