Pet dental health tips

Published: Feb. 23, 2021 at 4:40 PM CST
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NORTH PLATTE, Neb. (KNOP) - Keeping up with your pets dental care not only helps them live longer healthier lives but can save you some money. Experts said cleaning your pets teeth at home can help keep them from having larger problems down the road. Eighty Percent of dogs have some level on dental disease.

“Dogs get plaque and tartar just like we do. They don’t get cavities but they get plaque and tartar and Gingivitis and they get Periodontal disease which is a disease of the gums. The problem with that is the bacteria becomes an infection in the mouth and the infection can spread from the mouth to the body via the bloodstream and it can cause problems with the internal organs,” said Veterinary Expert for Pumpkin Pet Insurance, Dr. Sarah Wooten.

It is important to remain patient with your pet and start cleaning their teeth early in their lives so they can be comfortable.

“You’ll want animal toothpaste you don’t want human toothpaste because there is fluoride in it and they’re going to swallow it. Just some toothpaste on the toothbrush and let them lick it off. Just rub it on the front teeth. You aren’t looking for perfection you just want to them to be comfortable,” said Wooten, “Once that goes well for a couple of sessions you can start brushing the teeth. You just have the get the outside of the teeth you don’t have to get the inside of the teeth. You want to get up near the gum line because that’s where the plaque and tartar like to hide.”

Continuing to keep up with vet visits will help pet owners learn if their pet needs professional dental care. For pets who cannot cooperate with a brush you can try dental chews, dental rinses and finger brushes.

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