21 Jul The Importance of Oral Health
Your pets oral health is a key element in their overall health and wellbeing, and can impact far more than their teeth and gums. From dental disease to serious liver and kidney infections, there are many reasons oral health is important in your pets.
Prevention is better than cure when it comes to your pet’s health!
How to protect your pet against dental disease
Brush your pet’s teeth every day to protect your pet against dental disease. Make sure to use pet toothpaste, as human toothpaste can be toxic to pets. Perform a thorough monthly check to see if there’s a build up of plaque on their teeth and look for tooth discolouration; yellow or brown teeth are a sign of potential rot.
If you see your pet chewing mostly on one side or drooling, this may mean they have a toothache, and it’s time to take them to your vet.
How to maintain your pet’s oral health
Once you get into a routine, the following list takes no time at all. Your pet does most of the work, or chewing! Follow this healthy teeth checklist:
- Regular tooth brushing Brush every day with pet toothpaste and a pet toothbrush! If this is a new concept for your pet, make sure to introduce this gradually and provide lots of reward and recognition.
- Dental dry food Feed your pet a dental diet, these diets have a unique shape that encourages chewing, which helps to dislodge plaque. If you are unsure which dental diet would be best for your pet, seek advice from your veterinary team.
- Dental chews Give your pet a dental chew to encourage healthy saliva production and to help dislodge plaque.
- Rubber chew toys Like a dental chew, but these ones last a lot longer! Chewing is key in helping to dislodge plaque.
- Regular dental checks Make sure to visit your vet for regular dental checks. These are vital in keeping track of your pet’s overall health.
What to do if your pet has dental problems
Head straight to your vet for an oral heath check if your pet shows any signs of dental problems. Cats and dogs are instinctively experts at hiding pain so examine their mouth regularly to see if there’s something wrong.
Depending on the dental issue, your vet may need to perform a dental procedure under general anaesthetic to get rid of visible, hard-to-move plaque.
If your pet needs a dental health check or has been acting out of the ordinary, please contact our team to book an appointment.
–Written by United Vets Group–