Monday, September 29, 2014

Pet News 10: Oh, those Pearly Whites

We’re always so worried about our teeth that we don’t stop and think that our pets deserve them too.

As a guardian, it’s important to brush your dog’s teeth at least three times a week. Brush one tooth at a time. Cats can benefit in brushing their teeth, too.

Make sure you use toothpaste made for dogs (or cats). Do not use human toothpaste. Dogs can’t spit out the stuff and it could cause stomach upset.

On the days you don’t brush, you can rinse your dog’s teeth with water or purchase a special spray for the gums and teeth.

Make sure to take your pet to the veterinarian for a dental check-up and cleaning once a year, especially if you have been watching for signs of tooth decay and discoloration of the gums. 

Always start early when your pet is a puppy to get them used to brushing their teeth. Use your finger at first and do the motions as if using a dog toothbrush, then, wean the actual toothbrush.

Dogs love the attention. Just watch those fingers of yours!

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