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Prevent Dental Disease this August

It’s that time of the year again. August is Australia’s Pet Dental Awareness month. Which is an important time to focus on your pet’s dental health and wellbeing.

Just like us, our pets are susceptible to dental diseases and issues. This can include plaque buildup, tartar, gingivitis, and periodontal disease. 

If you wish to prevent gum disease in your pets, then dental hygiene is key, so how do we do this?

Regular Brushing

That’s right, just as we brush our teeth daily, you should be brushing your pets’ teeth as well. You can buy pet-specific toothbrushes, which have a softer bristle, as well as pet-specific toothpaste. Don’t use human toothpaste as this can be harmful to pets if swallowed. Starting when your pet is young is a great way for them to adjust to the process, however, know that it’s better late than never, so even if your pet is older, you should consider brushing their teeth, to promote oral hygiene. They might not thank you for it, but the alternative of them having gum disease is far worse. 

Use Dental Chews and Toys

Offering your pet dental chews and toys is not only a special treat for them but is a great way to help reduce plaque and tartar buildup. Often these have specially designed textures or ridges that aid in cleaning your pets’ teeth as they chew. Many will also help in reducing bad breath too. 

Our favourite choices for dental chews are Whimzees, Greenies, Dentastix and Oravet. These are all great options for keeping your pets’ teeth clean and healthy. 

Dental Diet. 

Some pet food is specially formulated to help with dental hygiene, like the chews and toys, these help to reduce tartar and plaque. Consult your vet before changing your pet’s diet. 

There are even water additives that can be added to your pet’s regular drinking water to help maintain their oral hygiene.  

Vet Checkups.  

Schedule an appointment at your vet, to have them assess your pet’s teeth, and even book them in for a dental cleaning. This is a great way to address any dental issues your pet may have and help to prevent future issues. 

Dental cleanings are performed under anesthesia to allow for proper examination and cleaning. X-rays can sometimes be required to see what is going on below the gum line, in the case of damaged teeth and abscesses. 

Monitor your pets. 

Keep an eye on your pets, and watch for any signs that may indicate dental problems, these could include,

  • Bad breath
  • Inflamed gums
  • Difficulty eating
  • Drooling
  • Loose teeth
  • Discolouration of gums or teeth

If you notice any of these signs it is important to contact your vet to seek guidance.

Dental hygiene is an important part of your pet’s health. Regular maintenance and care can help reduce future problems and health concerns, so that your pet can remain happy and healthy their entire life. 

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