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Oral hygiene plays a key role in your pet’s long-term health. If your pet suffers from gum disease, it can enter their bloodstream and cause a number of health problems, including organ failure. While it’s especially important to keep your older pet’s teeth clean, it’s best to form good oral hygiene habits when your pet is young.
Here are 3 tips for good pet oral hygiene:
- Begin with home cleaning. Good oral hygiene starts at home! Buy a doggie toothbrush and toothpaste. Unlike human toothpaste, your dog can swallow it easily. Be sure to reach the gum line, which is where most of the bacteria lurks.
- Schedule teeth cleanings with the veterinarian. It’s ideal to schedule yearly cleanings, but you might consider having an older pet’s teeth cleaned twice a year.
- Get your pet dental-friendly treats. While your pet might not be able to take a toothbrush to their own teeth, they can chew on treats (and will enjoy doing it!). A number of pet treat brands sell dental chew treats. Rawhide bones will also have the same effect. Cheese is also known to help clean teeth, but be sure to check with your veterinarian before feeding any to Fluffy.
These are just 3 tips for good pet oral hygiene. Taking care of your pet’s teeth is just as important as taking care of your own.