September is our Dental month
Every year in September we launch our dental month, where we talk about the importance of dental health in pets. Did you know by the age of two, 80% of dogs already have some kind of dental disease?
Why is pet dental health so important?
Periodontal disease, also known as gum disease, can cause bad breath, painful chewing, and tooth loss. Bacteria from the gums can also travel to the heart, kidneys, and liver - this is why your pet's dental hygiene is so important.
Professional dental cleaning is required to remove plaque and tartar from a pet’s teeth and properly assess the health of his mouth – and for this, the pet needs to be under anesthesia. Understandably, this is something that as pet parents we don’t want our pets to go through very often.
The best way to lengthen the time between your pet’s professional dental cleanings is to do at-home dental care on a regular basis.
What can you do to keep your pet’s teeth clean?
After your pet’s next dental clean, start daily brushing to remove food particles from between your pet’s teeth. A child’s toothbrush will do the trick if you don't want to pick a brush up from your veterinarian. Avoid human toothpaste at all costs, as they have ingredients that your pet definitely shouldn’t be consuming.
There are a number of dental kits and toothpaste that you can try, often you’ll find your pet actually enjoys the taste of pet toothpaste!
Check out some of our top picks here
Get 10% off these items:
- The VetIQ products from Marc & Chappell
- The Deer Shank half and full from ZiwiPeak
- Nutri-Vet enzymatic toothpaste
- Flamingo finger toothbrush
- All the Flamingo Veggie Toothpaste treats
There are also dental diets available to do a lot of the work for you. Canagan Dental for dogs includes Proden PlaqueOff – which works with the larger kibbles to provide abrasive action against the tooth surface when chewed.
We have a video on our YouTube channel all about Canagan Dental. Check it out to learn more.
How do you know when your pet needs a dental clean?
You need to check your pet’s mouth regularly to decipher when he needs a dental clean. Tartar may appear as a brown/gold build up on top of the teeth next to the gum line, which is a clear sign. Redness or bleeding are also things to watch out for. Other signals include:
- Bad breath
- Pawing at the mouth
- Difficulty chewing
- Loose or missing teeth
If you notice any of these signs, go and visit your vet.