It's one of those topics that we constantly talk about here at Lakes Veterinary Hospital and it's one that has been gaining popularity at the pace of a turtle. Those of you that take our advice - we thank you. Your pet's heart and internal organs thank you as well. Those of you that haven't - you realize it's a mouth infection right? Their breath shouldn't smell like a swamp, or something that is rotting in a swamp. I’m just going to put that out there for your consideration.
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So as a pet owner myself I get the need to budget for pet care since I don't have tons of fun money just hanging around waiting to be spent. Though dental cleanings for your pets are sometimes necessary, we have put together a little list of items that we love here with our own pets to share with you and yours to keep their mouths healthy. They also give you the most time between dental cleanings.
Things that we love are:
Also my dog, Dre has graciously agreed to be in the spotlight and demo having his teeth brushed for the benefit of you and your critter(s). At home I keep the dog's toothbrushes in a basket w/ their toothpaste because having them float around w/ mine is a little more closeness than what I am okay with.
Also Dre sits on the bed while I brush my teeth and then once I am done brushing and flossing it's his turn. I just sit w/ him and brush then immediately give him a treat. Meela then comes out from under the bed at the words, "Good boy" and "Nummy" so she gets placed on the bathroom vanity to be brushed and then gets her treat. I also do this is usually some type of active wear with many different colors of paint on it and a sweatshirt with as many varieties colors of pain so you are welcome that for the video I was all professional and stuff.
I had a client tell me that their routine is for the dog to sit on a rug on top of the washer each evening while his teeth are being brushed. He also gets a treat afterwards and is more than happy to comply now that he knows the routine. Just keep in mind that with most pets getting them used to you being in their mouth is something that has to be slowly worked up to. Start by touching the mouth, then praise and/or reward. Build up to it. Let them lick the flavored pet toothpaste (who doesn’t like seafood, beef or poultry? Numma!).
Just remember that your pet's dental health is as important as yours. Bacteria can cause problems from heart murmurs to organ failure the same as it can in people. Your mouth is a direct route to the bloodstream so let’s keep it healthy!
Thanks so much for sticking with me on this. Please keep in mind that major tartar should only be removed by a professional scaling and then polishing to smooth out the surface of the tooth.
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