Five Essentials to Pet Dental Health
When asked to think about what constitutes a healthy pet, we tend to think about proper diet, exercise, and veterinary care. Dental health for our pets is not something we think about very often, but we should because dental health is the most common health issue our pets face. Many dogs and cats develop dental disease by the age of four, which is why we must start integrating dental care into their regular routine. The most common dental health issue is periodontal disease. This is an infection that develops between the teeth and gums. It causes teeth to loosen, and possibly fall out. If left untreated, it can spread to other parts of the body.
Five things are important for dental health:
- Species-appropriate diets are important for the dental health of our pets. Proper diet helps promote healthy bacteria in the mouth.
- Exercising the mouth. This may sound silly to us, but allowing your pet the proper outlet to chew can be crucial in maintaining good dental health. At TGDS, we sell a variety of chews that can help prevent tartar build up.
- Teeth Brushing. Yes, you can brush your pet’s teeth! They may not love it at first, but it is important to work to get them to accept it regularly. It is easy to train your pet to accept getting their teeth brushed, read our blog to learn how. You can also ask your TGDS groomer to brush your dog’s teeth when they come in for their hair cut!
- Dental Supplements. If your dog resists having their teeth brushed, or you just don’t have time to do it very regularly, supplements can help support dental health. At TGDS, we carry TropiClean and Sentry products, including foams, gels, and water additives.
- Regular Dental Check Ups. Last but not least, bring your pet for regular vet visits. This will help detect dental disease early on. You can also arrange dental cleanings with your vet.
Symptoms that may indicate your dog is developing dental disease include bad breath (worse then normal), increased salivation, loss of appetite, favoring a side of the mouth, increased plaque on the teeth, and red or bleeding gums.