What can you do to prevent dental disease in your pet?
Brushing teeth – This will require some training but can be achieved by slowly building up your pet to accepting a brush. Do not use human toothpaste as it can irritate your pet’s stomach. Instead use a flavoured pet tooth paste.
Bones – It is important to talk to your veterinarian about whether bones are appropriate and which size is suitable for your pet. When recommended the bones should always be raw and have no cut surfaces. It is best to supervise your pet when they have a bone. Bones should encourage your pet to chew. Throw away the bone after the pet has stopped chewing, or earlier if the animal has excessively chewed the bone into pieces.
Veterinary diets – The kibble features a unique shape, texture and composition to encourage thorough chewing by your pet. Chewing provides a gentle, abrasive action on the teeth, helping to remove the bacteria that make up plaque.
Treats or toys – Need to be large and hard products to encourage your pet to chew. Use treats recommended by your vet, which remove plaque through physical rubbing and the spread of protective saliva.
Current preventative alternatives and treatment plans available from your vet help ensure that no animal need allow dental disease to become or remain a problem.