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Posted on 09-06-2011
Pet bad breath can be caused by unclean gums and teeth, but can also indicate animal diabetes, kidney failure, infections, cancer, or unhealthy eating habits. A dental exam at our veterinary hospital will eliminate other concerns and make sure there are no existing dental sores that would make dental cleanings a painful experience for you and your pet! Our veterinarian can give you a demonstration of proper cleaning to get you started.
Our animal vet clinic and Chester Springs pet stores offer specialized pet dental cleaning tools and toothpastes. Custom made pet toothpastes in great meat flavors for dogs and cats feature enzymes are safe to swallow (unlike human toothpastes). Most typically, but not always, a brush cleaning tool works best.
Let your pet lick the toothpaste from the dental tool, praising your animal's acceptance of the toothpaste and tool. You may want to do this a few times. Once your pet is comfortable, very gently use the tool to clean the teeth and gums, focusing your efforts on the outside. Clean your pets' teeth once (maybe twice) a week.
There are many effective bones, chew toys and treats designed to help keep your pet's teeth clean and minimize manual dental care. Our veterinary hospital team can recommend our favorites, but the best one for your pet is the one that is safe and enjoyable. Just bear in mind the calorie impact on your pet's weight.
What tips can you share with other pet owners to get pets to cooperate with monthly at-home cleanings?
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