How and when to begin dental health care for pets?

Dental care of a dog or cat should begin the moment that animal enters your home and family. Dental disease such as gingivitis and periodontitis stems from a lack of dental care and oral hygiene for your dog or cat. Such problems can be eliminated with regular brushing of the teeth at a very early age. It may seem impossible for the “carefree” kitty, but not impossible. You will need a small toothbrush or finger brush and pet flavored toothpaste. First get the pet used to the taste of the paste and then the brush, without actually brushing their teeth.

Once your pet is used to these foreign items, begin brushing starting from the back teeth and working forward – top and then bottom teeth. Don’t make it stressful for your pet – take breaks if you must until you can complete the job successfully. This is something that should be done a few times a week although once a week is fine.

In between brushing, oral rinses are available that can be placed in a pets drinking water. There are also special treats and bones available for your pet’s enjoyment that is designed to remove plaque and tartar. These treats are not to replace regular brushing but help in the maintenance of oral hygiene.

Watch the following videos on how to brush your cat's teeth and how to brush your dog's teeth.



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