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DENTAL HYGIENE

How to look after your pets teeth

Dental Disease Prevention

Approximately 80% of pets have dental disease by the age of three. Therefore, we recommend starting good dental care as soon as possible. There are several oral home hygiene options you can use to help prevent plaque and tartar accumulation that can make a tremendous difference to your pet's health and comfort. Combining several methods long-term will achieve the best results.

1. Tooth Brushing

The single most effective method for maintaining dental hygiene in pets is brushing their teeth daily with a softheaded toothbrush and special pet toothpaste. If you can manage this - fantastic! However, this isn't feasible for many owners. Luckily, there are other options available.

2. Dental Foods

We recommend the majority of your pet’s diet be a high quality dry dental food that is clinically proven to reduce calculus and tartar formation and help freshen your pet's breath by:

Mechanical Abrasion: Kibble size, texture and shape produce a mechanical brushing effect on the teeth.

Chemical Prevention: A nutrient that controls calcium in the saliva helps to reduces tartar build up.

Supermarket foods may have some chemical prevention in them, but do not contain any mechanical abrasion and so are not recommended. Suitable brands for dental disease prevention include:

  • Hills Oral Care: Vet Essentials or t/d
  • Royal Canin Dental
  • Advance Dental

3. Dental Treats, Dental Toys and Water Additives

Other dental preventatives available include:

  • Daily dental treats

o   Greenies

o   Dentastix

o   Dentabones

  • Dental chew toys

o   Kongs

  • Water additives

o   Healthy Mouth

o   Aquadent

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4. Raw Bones

Supplementing your dog’s diet with raw, meaty bones can help keep their teeth and gums healthy as well as provide environmental enrichment. It is the chewing action that helps to prevent calculus so they should be too big to be swallowed!

Do not ever feed your dog cooked bones as this makes them hard to digest and they can splinter or obstruct the gut, causing serious problems. Bones can be quite fatty, so should only be fed once to twice weekly, without the marrow. They also have the potential to cause dental fractures, bowel obstructions and rectal tears in some dogs, so other dental hygiene methods are preferable.

For more information to improve the dental health of your pet, Phone us today on 02 4954 7055 .

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