Healthy Dental Tips for Pets
Did you know that your pets bad breath can be a sign of serious health problems? Periodontal disease is the most common health problem in our pets and by two years of age 80 percent of dogs and 70 percent of cats show signs of it. The same philosophy that applies to our dental health also applies to our pets. Below, we will discuss how staying ahead of the disease is key to ensuring a healthy, happy, and long life for your pet.
Not only can poor oral hygiene lead to stinky breath and tooth decay but it can also cause a myriad of other health problems. The AVMA reports that dental problems can lead to serious systemic conditions. When left untreated a painful dental infection can spread to the heart, kidneys, and other organs.
Initial signs of dental problems include bad breath. This is something you may notice whilst en route to the local dog park as Fido slays you with his dragon breath from the back seat. As dental disease progresses you may notice loose teeth or a reluctance to eat hard kibble. When gums become irritated and inflamed you may notice your kitty drooling or pawing at her mouth. If you see these symptoms take a look in their mouth and set up an appointment with their vet as soon as possible.
Not many pet owners regularly brush their dog or cat's teeth. It is best to get in a routine, when you brush your own teeth at night think about brushing Rover's teeth after. There is an excellent product that I recommend to my guests and it is Tropiclean's Fresh Breath Plaque Remover Clean Teeth Gel (say that 3 times fast). This amazing gel eliminates the need for brushing and helps to soften and reduce plaque and tartar build up on teeth. I apply a dab of gel on my cat's top canine teeth daily and that's it. They're pretty tolerant of it and the strangest reaction I've seen is some drooling that subsides quickly. Their tongue works as a toothbrush and coats their teeth with the dental gel; overtime and with regular application this product works wonders.