Why Brushing Those Canines (and Felines) Is So Important
May 30, 2018
Brushing your pet’s teeth and gums is just as important as brushing your own. Just like you, your pet can get cavities, gingivitis, tartar build-up – the list goes on. Dogs are especially susceptible to varying dental diseases that can not only cause bad breath and painful infections, but they can also lead to life-threatening conditions that effect their heart and kidneys.
Not to mention the high vet bills. A trip to the vet to surgically clean your pet’s teeth to remove the plaque and tartar build-up can run you anywhere from $250 - $350, possibly even higher. By regularly brushing those canines (and felines) you can help keep those pearly whites strong and healthy.
Our advice? Start ‘em young. The earlier you start brushing your pet’s teeth, the easier it will be for you as they get older. Get them used to it from the get-go. We recommend brushing their teeth at least 2-3 times per week, or as directed by your trusted veterinarian. Use a pea-sized amount of toothpaste to the bristles and brush in a gentle circular motion over the gums and teeth. Pay extra attention to molars and back teeth which can quickly build up tartar. Reward your furry friend after brushing for a job well done. Make it fun!
For those with senior pets, be extra careful of worn or loose teeth while brushing. Our senior pals can be more susceptible to dental issues during their “Golden Age.”
For questions or concerns we recommend contacting your trusted veterinarian.