Just like their human counterparts, cats and dogs need their teeth cleaned on a regular basis. Ignoring your pet’s dental health or falling behind on cleanings can lead to more serious health issues down the road. In fact, many people don’t realize just how important cat and dog teeth cleaning is. Luckily, brushing your pet’s teeth isn’t difficult and it’s an easy way to avoid nasty health complications and expensive vet bills.
Here are five reasons you should break out the toothbrush and toothpaste:
- Cat and dog teeth cleanings aren’t expensive. While other parts of pet ownership can cost big bucks (pet sitters, vet visits, obedience classes, etc.), dental care isn’t terribly costly. It’s also much, much cheaper than paying for more intense dental care down the line should you put off cleaning your pet’s teeth now. So brush your pet’s teeth and take them to a professional at our store!
- Dental care isn’t rocket science. There are dozens of toothpaste flavors available that your animal will think are delicious. These flavors range from chicken to vanilla mint (which we carry in our stores!). Even peanut butter is available! There are also several different types of toothbrushes to choose from so you can find the one that works best for you and your pet. Some are shaped just like regular human toothbrushes and others are tiny brushes that fit on your finger so you can find the perfect one for you in stock. Again, if your animal isn’t cooperative, you can always take them to one of our dental clinics!
- Getting your pet’s teeth pulled due to rotting or infection is massively unpleasant for your animal. No one likes having to go to the vet because of gingivitis. Afterward, you’ll likely have to restrict your pet’s diet to soft food. Also some animals require so many teeth pulled that they end up with a permanently droopy tongue or drooling.
- Tooth removal is super expensive and can cost thousands of dollars. Save that money for something better like agility classes or new toys and treats!
- Poor dental hygiene can lead to incredibly serious health problems like infection and rotting. Some of these issues can spread to other parts of your pet’s body like the kidneys and liver. Excess bacteria can even cause heart murmurs. These health problems are painful for your pet and put massive strain on your bank account. By keeping up with cat and dog teeth cleaning, you can help extend your pet’s lifespan!
Ideally, you should be cleaning your cat or dog’s teeth once a day. Always use pet-specific toothpaste as human toothpaste isn’t good for animals. Even if you regularly brush your pet’s teeth, it’s important that you also take them in for professional cleanings at least once a year. Come to one of our dental clinics and also ask your vet if your pet requires x-rays. These help check for dental problems that aren’t necessarily recognizable to the naked eye.