One common reason pet owners give for not brushing their dog or cat's teeth is that the animal won't cooperate. While it's normal for pets to protest, most will learn to accept the procedure if you introduce it gradually and it becomes a normal part of their routine. You can find the right sized toothbrush and appropriate toothpaste from a pet store or from our veterinary clinic.
It's also important to be gentle. Hold your pet on your lap and speak soothing words throughout the process. Since most animals love to please their owners, be sure to offer your pet plenty of praise for any cooperation that you get. Dr. Baillie or any member of his staff is always happy to show you how to get started with an oral hygiene program for your pet.
Possible Consequences of Poor Oral Hygiene
Unfortunately, up to 80 percent of dogs and cats have some form of dental disease by the time they are a young adult. It is critical to schedule a veterinary appointment if you notice one or more of the following problems:
- • Blood coming from the mouth.
- • Your pet seems hesitant to eat hard food.
- • Rubbing or pawing at the mouth and face.
- • The teeth are stained brown or the gums appear red or swollen.
- • If your dog or cat's breath smells like rotten eggs, this is a clear indication that gum disease has already started.
February is Pet Dental Health Month
Even if your pet is an older adult and you've never cared for his or her teeth, it's not too late to get started. Don't let pet dental health month end without scheduling an oral care appointment with Cedar Pet Clinic Lake Elmo.
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