When pets have clean teeth and healthy oral hygiene, it’s not only good for them, it’s good for you! It’s a common misconception that dogs and cats have naturally unappealing breath, but when their teeth are clean, their breath can be fresh! Here are four tips to ensure your pet’s teeth are as healthy as can be.
Brush their teeth! Using a specially designed pet toothbrush like the C.E.T. Oral Hygiene Kit on our online pharmacy can help to make for a more stress-free tooth-brushing. You may have to start slowly as many pets may attempt to eat the toothbrush or show signs of stress; but with a flavored pet toothpaste and some patience, you can teach them to relax as you care for their teeth. Before starting any grooming activity, make sure you have created a calm environment for your pet.
Include a dental-diet dry food in their daily nutrition. Kibble can provide a simple and effective way to cut back on plaque as long as it is designed to do just that. Dental-diet dry food is larger and softer than standard dry food, and it is meant to be chewed (as opposed to swallowed whole). But be aware that while dry food can benefit cats’ dental health, an exclusive diet of kibble can cause many cats to become overweight due to the high amount of carbohydrates in it. A mix of both dry and wet food will keep their teeth and diet in check. Additionally, you can use food-dispensing toys that will help slow down eating and encourage chewing.
Schedule regular teeth cleanings with your veterinarian. Maintaining pets’ dental health can add years to their life as it reduces the chances of disease, especially in older cats and dogs. Be sure to talk to your veterinarian about regular professional cleanings.
Offer treats that contain enzymes to help keep teeth clean. You’ll find specialty items in our online pharmacy such as Greenies and DenTees Stars that will make your pet happy while ensuring their oral hygiene. It’s a win-win, and they can be delivered right to your home!