Pet dental health is often overlooked by pet parents. And there’s not real clear reason why. Dogs and cats both need their teeth regularly brushed. Any veterinarian will tell you that it’s incredibly important and an easy way to avoid serious, and common, health complications further down the road. It’ll also save you big bucks on veterinary care. So here are some quick facts to help you “brush up” on your dental health knowledge!
- Brushing your dog or cat’s teeth isn’t pricey. While vet checkups, dog walkers and other parts of pet ownership might cost you an arm and a leg, brushing their teeth is inexpensive. Buy a pet toothbrush and toothpaste or take your pet to our grooming salon and we’ll do the work for you!
- Brushing a pet’s teeth might feel a little too close to your pet’s chompers, but it really isn’t all that difficult. There are plenty of tools that make the job easy. There are different types of brushes so you can choose the one that works best for you. And the toothpaste comes in a variety of yummy flavors so your pet can enjoy the process as well.
- Having your pet’s teeth pulled is an unpleasant time for everyone. It’s another easily avoidable trip to the vet for pets who hate going there. Also, it might result in your pet excessively drooling or you’ll have to limit their diet to softer foods.
- Pulling teeth can be really expensive. We’re talking about a vet bill upwards of thousands of dollars. You and your pet would definitely much rather spend that money on literally anything else.
- Dirty teeth don’t just lead to pulled teeth. Plaque and cavities can lead to other more serious issues like rotting and infections. These health conditions can spread to the kidneys and liver. Health issues like this cost a lot of money and mean more trips to the vet. They are mighty unpleasant for your pet and can even shorten their lifespan.
So brush your pet’s teeth regularly. Once a day is a good place to start. You should also have your dog or cat’s teeth professionally cleaned once a year!