Imagine how your mouth would look and feel if you couldn’t brush your teeth?
This is how our pets feel. If you haven’t brought them in to Brook Farm Veterinary Center for a professional dental cleaning in the last year, they probably need a little extra help with their oral health. Oral health issues can lead to overall health problems with your pet’s kidneys, heart and other organs and should not be overlooked. Bottom line is, they’re unable to help their own oral hygiene and need your help!
How Can You Help Your Pet?
The best way to start your pet on a dental care routine is to introduce them to the process of daily brushing. Take just two minutes out of your day to train your dog to tolerate daily brushing, and keep them interested in the process by using their favorite treats. These two minutes a day can seriously help your pet’s overall health. Once your pet is comfortable with you using a pet safe toothbrush and toothpaste, it will become part of their routine.
It’s important to note: Do not use toothpaste that is made for people because it contains ingredients that are not safe for your pet. These include xylitol, fluoride, and certain foaming agents which can be both dangerous and toxic to our pets.
The 3 most important items to have when first introducing your pet to daily tooth brushing are:
Dental Exams & Cleanings
Regular dental exams and cleanings are recommended at least once per year even if you start a daily brushing routine! Let us know the next time you’re at Brook Farm Veterinary Center if you’re looking to start a dental care routine with your pet and we’ll go over some tips and tricks for how to introduce your pet to the process.