Can you imagine going 1 day without brushing your teeth? Of course not! Yet most people don’t think brushing their pet’s teeth is important when, in fact, the opposite is true – brushing your pet’s teeth regularly is the single most important thing you can do to for your pet to prevent dental disease.
80% of pets show signs of dental disease by the time they are just 3 years old. Dental disease not only causes bad breath, the bacteria created by dental disease travels into your pet’s bloodstream and can affect their lungs, heart, kidneys, liver and nervous system.
A soft bristled toothbrush should be used to brush your pet’s teeth daily (daily brushing may be unrealistic for you so try for at least 3-4 days a week) to remove food particles and prevent the buildup of tartar and plaque. Make sure to only use toothpaste that is formulated for pets as human toothpaste can be toxic.
There are many treats, sprays and water additives on the market that are specifically designed to help clean your pet’s teeth, while these are not to be treated as a replacement for brushing they are a good supplement to brushing.
At Absolute Pawfection we host a non-anesthesia dental clinic about once a month called Breath Savers, we also offer toothbrushing as an add-on service and we carry a wide variety of toothpastes, treats, sprays and brushes for all your pet dental needs.
If you are worried your pet might have dental disease please visit your veterinarian.