We all know that keeping our teeth clean is very important, but how about our pets?
It is just as important for them to have good dental health as it is for us. However, they cannot manage this themselves so need us to help them.
There are various ways of helping to keep your pet’s teeth clean. The most effective method is brushing their teeth. You can use special toothpaste made for animals, it contains enzymes that prevent tartar build up on the teeth. Human toothpaste is not suitable, it is toxic to them. You can use a normal toothbrush or a finger brush, and it is important to focus on the part of the tooth that joins to the gum line. Ideally, their teeth should get brushed every day.
Please see our video below which demonstrates how to brush teeth:
There are also water additives, dental food and dental chews. These all contain enzymes to prevent tartar build up. The water additive – ‘Aquadent’ – is diluted in their normal drinking water. The dental food is made up of larger size biscuits which mean that they are crunched up and not swallowed whole, helping to remove plaque from teeth as they chew. The dental chews work by the same action, to help remove plaque. All of these are available from us.
If you would like a free dental check up with one of our nurses, please phone us at the surgery to arrange one.