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Oral health is as important for pets as it is for people. Maintaining healthy teeth can reduce the risk of many chronic health problems, such as heart disease, liver problems, and infections. Our team at Blue Lake Animal Hospital provides outstanding dental care for all animals in our care. In addition to bringing your pet to our vet clinic regularly, there are a few things you can do at home to support your pet’s dental health. These tips are simple to implement in your daily lifestyle and only take several minutes per week, yet they have a large impact on your pet’s health and happiness. If you have any questions, talk to our team.

Brush Your Pet’s Teeth Regularly

One of the best ways to reduce the risk of dental complications is with regular teeth brushing. Dogs and cats can develop plaque, tartar, and bacteria overgrowth in the mouth, putting your pet’s health at risk. Brushing helps to prevent plaque build up, gingivitis, and other issues. There are specially flavored toothpaste to make the experience less stressful for your pet. Ideally, you should be brushing your dog or cat’s teeth daily, but if that isn’t possible, aim to do so at least once a week. If you have a puppy or kitten, get started right away to get them used to it. Once you and your pet get into the habit, the process will be a breeze. 

Provide a Variety of Chew Toys

Chew toys aren’t just fun—your dog will enjoy various dental benefits as a result of chewing on them. Most chew toys are made of synthetic materials like nylon, rubber, and plastic. Consider rotating your dog’s chew toys to increase their mental stimulation. Chewing on toys scrapes away plaque from their teeth (and your slippers will thank you, too). Pocket pets benefit from having a variety of chew toys and sticks to help them maintain healthy teeth too.   

Try Dental Chews

Certain dog and cat treats can actually help prevent dental decay. Dental chews and treats fulfill your pet’s craving for a treat while promoting healthier teeth. Some work by having ridges and bumps to reduce the buildup of plaque and promote circulation to the gums. Other veterinary formulated chews are specially made to reduce bacteria in the mouth while removing plaque.

Consider the Pros and Cons of Wet Food

Some pet owners choose to feed their pet wet canned food since some pets prefer the taste and texture. The high water content in canned food can support hydration and kidney function. However, wet food can also increase the risk of dental problems since it may stick to the teeth and lead to decay. Good dental habits can lower these risks, as well as alternating between dry and wet food. 

Pay Attention to Signs of Disease

Even if you maintain the best habits possible, your pet may still develop tooth decay. Check your pet’s teeth for discoloration, swollen gums, stains, bad breath and growths in the mouth. Keeping an eye on your pet’s dental health can make a big difference.    

Visit a Veterinarian

Whenever you have a question about your pet’s dental health, don’t hesitate to call Blue Lake Animal Hospital. We provide state-of-the-art dental care for dogs, cats, pocket pets and more. Get in touch today. 

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