Yes, our fur babies do have the same dental problems as their human counterparts! They too can experience tartar and black buildup, that can cause periodontal disease and gingivitis. Fun fact: up to 92% of dogs, and 83% of felines over the age of 3 have periodontal disease – YIKES!
Symptoms of dental issues in your pet:
- Mouth pawing or rubbing the face excessively
- Pungent breath!
- Yellow teeth
- Red, swollen or inflamed gums
- Decreased appetite
Not only does periodontal disease cause the above stated, but it can leak dangerous bacteria into your pets’ bloodstream and organs. It can also cause liver failure, heart disease and kidney disease.
So, how do we brush our dog or cats teeth?
There is quite literally, nothing more disgusting than when you get home from a long day at the office, your dog comes over to give you a nice kiss and his bad breath is enough to knock you over!
Brushing teeth can be a bit challenging and may require some initial foot work –
Try dipping your finger in something your dog likes (i.e. peanut butter or cheese whiz). You can practice rubbing the peanut butter with your finger and see how it goes. If this works well, the next round, introduce a pet safe toothpaste and try that with your finger again. Once comfortable, you can introduce a doggy toothbrush instead! If your dog is struggling, continue to use something he likes and offer treats when he’s comfortable. This may take a few sessions to work him/her up to it, so try not to get frustrated. Remember: never use human grade toothpaste on your pet!
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