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Dental Month

posted by Westward Animal Hospital    |   February 1, 2017 15:38

February is National Dental Heath Month and we would like to let everyone know!  Just like humans our pets can get bad teeth too so it is important to get them checked and to keep up with proper tooth care.  The ideal is if you can brush your pets teeth everyday.  There are many options for toothpaste but just make sure that you use one that is for pets and not human toothpaste since it has fluride in it and they don't know that they shouldn't swallow it!  Also there are many options for toothbrushes, you just have to try and see which is the best fit for you and your pet.  Try not to get one that is too hard though, baby toothbrushes are great for being soft.  If you just cannot brush there are other options as well such as dental diets.  Royal Canin and Hills make some great veterinary pet foods that help scrub teeth when they chew and help with overall dental health.  There are also water additives that you put in your pets water bowl, sprays you just spray on their teeth, and gels/rinses that go in their mouth.  There are a variety of treats out their too, just watch the calories though, some of them are very high and can lead to a chubby pet!  One last thing to be wary of is bones/antlers that can fracture their teeth very easily.  

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