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DID YOU KNOW THAT PETS have their very own dental health month?  (It was February, but hey!  Better late than never, right?)  Your pets need their teeth taken care of too! While their teeth don’t require quite as much attention as ours do, your furry kids’ teeth still need TLC to keep them healthy.  Kids can be huge helpers brushing their dog’s teeth.  Dr. Eddie’s kids help brush their furry big brothers’ teeth regularly!

Brush Your Pet’s Teeth

Brushing our teeth removes plaque and prevents gum disease; the same goes for dogs and cats. Brushing your dog or cat’s teeth three to four times per week can prevent dental disease and extend their life. It can also save them a lot of pain and you a lot of money on veterinary visits.  Studies show that toy breeds have more dental problems on average than larger dogs.  It’s because they have the same amount of teeth that bigger dogs do, but less room for them.  That equals more decay and periodontal disease.  (Yes, pets get periodontal disease!)

Use The Right Toothpaste

It’s important not to use regular human toothpaste for your pet. Since dogs and cats can’t spit the toothpaste out, the high fluoride content can upset their stomachs and can even be toxic. You can find toothpaste specifically made for pets that’s not only safe, but comes in yummy beefy flavors they will love.

Chew Toys Help Remove Plaque

Just as chewing sugarless gum after you eat helps increase saliva production and remove plaque, chew toys contribute to your pet’s dental health in between brushing sessions. Getting your pet a chew toy or hard bone can strengthen their teeth and gums as well as scrub plaque off of their teeth.

They Need Regular Checkups Just Like We Do

Biannual or annual visits to your veterinarian help keep your pet’s mouth and body healthy. Routine checkups for your pet are just as essential for their health!  Studies show that up to 80% of pets have dental disease by the time they’re three years old.

Did you know that Dr. Eddie has two 9 year old Cavalier King Charles Spaniels?  They are real brothers (littermates!), and their names are Scout and Jack.  He tries to brush their teeth as regularly as they can.  They have had several teeth extracted due to periodontal disease (poor little guys) and get their teeth cleaned every single year at the veterinarian.

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