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Dental Cleaning Tips

Dental care for your pets


1)  Brush your pet's teeth

This is the easiest thing you can do regularly to prevent disease. Don’t use toothpaste made for people, which contains fluoride and may irritate your pet's stomach. There are great options at Pet stores, or DIY with baking soda and water.


2) Professional Dental cleanings

Persistent bad breath can indicate that your pet has digestive problems or a gum condition such as gingivitis, and should be examined by a vet. Certain breeds—are especially prone to plaque & tartar. If it is plaque, your pet may require a professional cleaning.


3) Look for Signs of oral disease

Once a week, lift your pet’s lips and examine his gums & teeth. The gums should be pink, not white or red, and should show no signs of swelling. His teeth should be clean, without any tartar. A vet exam beforehand may be helpful to find out if gums are inflamed.


4) Special Dental treats

Give your pooch treats that are specially formulated to keep canine teeth healthy. Ask your vet about a specially formulated food that can slow down the formation of plaque and tartar. Chew toys are also a great way to satisfy your dog’s natural desire to chomp while making his or her teeth strong. Gnawing on a chew toy can help massage the gums and keep teeth clean by scraping away tartar.


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