If you’ve been following our blog the last few weeks, you are now experts on the importance of routine dental care and the signs of periodontal disease. However, now your probably wondering what you can do for you pet to prevent them from developing dental disease. Well that’s exactly what this blog is all about. Keep in mind that February is dental month are we are offering special rates on our dental procedures. So don’t wait! Call us at (717) 775-7554 for more information. Or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
PREVENTING PERIODONTAL DISEASE:
- Bring your pet to the veterinarian for routine physical exams and dental check-ups. Your doctor and the staff can tell you exactly what care is needed for your pet’s teeth and make an individualized dental plan that works for you and your pet.
- Brush your pet’s teeth 3-4 times a week. There are special toothpastes for cats and dogs that are flavored so your pet enjoys the experience. We also sell fingerbrushes which may be easier to use than a regular toothbrush. If you pet allows you to use a toothbrush, we recommend a soft bristle child’s toothbrush.
- Feed dry dog food or treats and hard chew toys to keep tartar from building up on the teeth.
- For an added benefit, we carry prescription dental diets that are formulated with fibers that act as floss when your pet bites into the kibble. There are also many varieties of tartar control treats, such as Greenies which we have in different sizes for different size pets.
- If your pet refuses to eat dry food and let you brush their teeth, there are also enzymatic water additives which help slow the buildup of tartar. Many types, including the brand we carry, actually make the water taste better to most pets.
- Finally we also recommend professional teeth cleanings. Just like when you go to you dentist regularly, your pet also needs thorough dental cleanings. Your pet’s genetics, size, health, diet and chewing habits, and at home dental care will determine how often your pet will need to have their teeth cleaned.