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February is Pet Dental Health Month

Just as humans, pets suffer from a broad spectrum of oral problems. Looking after their teeth is an important part of preventive health care, regardless of the type of pet. So, this February start looking after your pets teeth- here are our top tips for keeping those teeth healthy.

  •  Brushing pet’s teeth – Pet owners should always seek advice from a vet to ensure that brushing is effective and this depends on motivation, a certain degree of technical skill by the owner, and of course, a willing pet! 
  •  To brush pet’s teeth, you will need a (soft) toothbrush and a tooth paste formulated for pets. You must use a pet tooth paste as the human tooth pastes have a high fluoride content which can be toxic to cats and dogs. Again owners should seek their vet’s advice.   
  •  Supporting the mouth’s own self-cleaning system by feeding a balanced diet which includes some biscuits and chews. 
  •  As well as the above methods of removing plaque, there are a number of excellent dental chews and specially formulated diets which can provide significant improvements to your pet’s oral health
  • Regular veterinary check ups should include an examination of your pet’s mouth.  Like humans, many pets, particularly middle-aged and older cats and dogs, require periodic professional scaling by a vet in addition to on-going plaque control.


 

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