Have you suddenly noticed that your Dog or Cat has Morning breath? Well, this is the first sign of dental problems in your pet!
Pets, like humans suffer from dental ailments too, therefore it is necessary to maintain proper oral hygiene in them as well.
Good oral hygiene not only avoids your pet from facing discomfort while chewing, playing, grooming itself, etc but also prolongs its life. It is seen that tartar contains many bacteria which have the ability to multiply themselves and spread to other areas which may affect the heart, liver, kidney, and so on. So, simply by brushing your pet’s teeth and keeping a regular check on its dental condition, you can ensure it has a longer, healthier life! 🙂
To check if your pet is suffering from any dental ailment, just lift its lips and check for Plaque, Tartar (dark-yellow deposits on the teeth), inflamed/bleeding gums and broken/missing teeth.
If not every day, then the average vet would recommend you to clean your beloved pet’s teeth once a week, at the very least.
It is recommended that you start brushing your pet’s teeth as earlier on as possible (after asking your vet) – this could start from pets of approx. 12weeks and over, so that they get used to the whole procedure and don’t give you problems once they grow up!
Some vets perform dental cleaning for your pets by putting them on anesthesia, in case your pet suffers from poor dental conditions. The clean-up includes removal of tartar and diseased teeth; checking for cavities, gum pockets, loose teeth, and any growths on the gums or palate; and finally, polishing. The polishing helps to smooth the tooth after tartar removal. It has been seen that a smooth tooth does not encourage tartar formation as easily as a roughened tooth.
Brushing your pet’s teeth:
I’ll give you some heads-up about how to brush your pet’s teeth and what you should use:
Firstly, remember their gums are sensitive so never use human toothbrushes, always use ones made especially for pets. There are ones which look like human brushes available (with bristles attached to a long stick), as well as finger brushes (which you can wear on your finger and then brush your pets!)
Regular toothbrush for your pet
Finger Style brush
Second, don’t use human toothpaste either. Because unlike humans, pets don’t rinse off their mouth after brushing, they intake the remaining paste which is left in their mouth. So, human toothpaste may upset their tummy. U should choose one which is made for pets. These are available in a variety of flavours- Chicken, Beef, Mint, etc (You could try a few and see which one your pet adores 🙂 ).
Thirdly, you may need to be pretty patient with the entire process as it takes long for a pet to get used to someone working in its mouth! You can start off by simply letting it sniff the toothpaste and the brush on the first day and then progress with putting some toothpaste on its teeth by your finger-tips, so they can taste it. And slowly move to brushing the teeth with the toothbrush.
Fourth, once you are at the brushing stage, make sure you brush softly (don’t put too much pressure) and work your way through, paying special attention to affected areas.
Brushing with long brush
Brushing with finger brush
Make sure the sessions are short and positive for your pet, if so, it’ll actually look forward to its daily brushing session :).