Keeping your pet’s teeth healthy is an easy way to add years to their lifespan. As periodontal disease is the number one preventable health problem for small dogs, start minding those canines today with some simple first steps toward a lifetime of great dental health whether it’s a new pup in the home or a senior pet.
1. Pay Attention to Your Pet’s Dental Health:
Check their teeth and gums regularly. Healthy canine and feline teeth are white, so discolored teeth indicates that something isn’t right. Red, swollen or bleeding gums also require attention, as do loose teeth. Bad breath in adult dogs and cats isn’t normal and usually indicates a problem with your pet’s dental health. Good Breath Homeopathic Medicine is a natural remedy in liquid form designed to help reduce bad breath and mouth odors in dogs and cats. The Gourdo Rubber + Rope Chew Toy features dental nubs that stimulate gums and clean teeth, plus they have an irresistible mint scent
2. Fight Tartar Build-up:
Quality dental chews remove tartar and plaque and keep her teeth healthy and strong. Dogs build up tartar and plaque just like humans. Raw beef marrow bones (not cooked) can keep your dog’s teeth free of tartar as the gnawing motion scrapes ‘gunk’ off your dog’s teeth. Braided Bully Sticks or other longer lasting chews like Flossies actually massage the gum line and remove tartar. Savvy Snax Chewy Dental Nibs for dogs clean teeth and freshen breath. Raw carrots work too!
3. Brush Regularly:
Regular brushing with a special pet toothbrush and pet toothpaste is an important part of preventive dental care. Small pet toothbrushes allow you to get comfortably inside their mouth to clean. Be patient and gentle introducing this new routine into your pet’s life.
Tips on getting started: In order to get your pet comfortable with you handling and examining their mouth, start by holding your pet’s head steady and gently stroke the outside of the muzzle with your fingers. Speak calmly and make it quick-30 seconds is fine. After this “desensitizing” drill, make sure to reward them with a treat, to make it a positive experience. Once your pet is used to you handling their mouth, next, use a few fingers and gently rub their teeth to get them used to the brushing sensation. To create a natural transition between using your fingers and a pet toothbrush, try dipping the toothbrush in beef juice or use pet toothpaste. Always praise with a treat after brushing and try to be consistent with your habits.
4. Consider Muttropolis’ Gentle Dental Teeth Cleaning:
Harmful bacteria build-up can cause infection and tooth decay. Technology from the human world continues to make its way into the pet world including non-invasive surgeries and procedures such as gentle dental. Gentle Dental is an “anesthesia free” low-stress teeth cleaning method that removes harmful plaque and tartar from your pet’s teeth and gums. Gentle Dental is performed at Muttropolis by licensed dental hygienists with over 25 years of experience. Our Gentle Dental Technicians will always inform you if your pet requires further cleaning or care by a vet.
Upcoming Gentle Dental dates and locations:
Solana Beach: Feb. 19 and March 18 -- (858) 755-3647
La Jolla: Feb. 26 and March 26 -- (858) 459-9663
Fashion Island: Feb. 23 and March 15 -- (949) 717-6888
5. Visit Your Vet Regularly:
If your pet has serious dental problems, we recommend a visit to your vet for an evaluation. You veterinarian can perform extractions if necessary and treat gum infections caused by bacteria. Does your pet get anxious at the vet? Happy Traveler Calming Product and Rescue Remedy are homeopathic remedies formulated to help relieve stress and anxiety – plus aid in the prevention and treatment of nausea and vomiting associated with motion sickness.