What You Need to Know about Pet Dental Health

Here are some steps for your groovy pet’s dental health:

  1. Sniff your pet’s breath
    Dog and cat breath never smells like a field of roses. But if the breath is especially smelly and your pet shows signs of appetite loss, vomiting, excessive drinking, or urinating, let our veterinarians check your pet.
  2. Check your pet’s lips and gums
    Your pet’s gums should be pink, not white or red. There should be no signs of swelling and the teeth should be free of brownish tartar.
  3. Know the signs of oral disease
    Bad breath, excessive drooling, inflamed / swollen gums, growth in the gums, cysts in the mouth, and loose teeth are all red flags.
  4. Be aware of tooth decay
    Bacteria and plaque-forming foods, such as refined sugars, can cause build-up on your pet’s teeth. This can lead to tartar and possibly cause gingivitis, gum recession, and tooth loss.
  5. Brush daily
    Get yourself a special pet toothbrush and toothpaste – and start brushing. This video shows you how. Never use human toothpaste, as it can upset your furry baby’s stomach.
  6. Learn about pet mouth disorders
    Just as humans, pets can get periodontal disease, gingivitis, halitosis, swollen gums, salivary cysts, and mouth tumors.
  7. Chew on this
    Chew toys are a fun way to satisfy your dog’s needs to chomp, while strengthening and sometimes flossing teeth at the same time. Gnawing on the right chew toy also massages the gums and scrapes away soft tartar. Our Groovy Pet Shops provide a wide variety of toxin-free rawhides, nylon and rubber chew toys.
  8. Eat for healthy teeth
    Dry pet food is better than wet food, as it requires your pet to chew more. Also ask our vets for specially formulated dry food that can slow the formation of plaque and tartar.
  9. Get a professional dental cleaning
    Once a year, bring in your pooch and kitty for a professional dental cleaning. Done regularly, this can add some precious years to your pet’s life.

Call our Groovy Vetcare Clinic for more information: (021) 728 00 617 / 727 96 089

Source: ASPCA