Sep 01 2022
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- Dog •
How to take care of your dog or cat's teeth
We find it quite normal that people brush their teeth every day and go to the dentist every year. But dental care for dogs and dental care for cats is just as important! They can develop the same dental problems as humans. Time for a lesson in dental care for pets.
Check the teeth
When plaque builds up, dogs and cats can develop dental problems just like humans. This can cause inflamed gums, which is not only painful, but can even cause teeth to fall out. It is therefore important to take good care of your dog or cat's teeth. For example, you can ask the vet to clean the teeth annually. There is also special toothpaste for animals and snacks and food that the dog or cat can chew to clean the teeth.
If your dog or cat has foul-smelling breath and brown deposits on the teeth, it is advisable to seek advice from a veterinarian. Red gums can also indicate inflamed gums. A healthy dog or cat does not have bad breath, so this can be an indication that the teeth are not in order.
Learned young is done old
It is useful to teach your puppy or kitten that it is normal for people to want to check his teeth every now and then. Build this up slowly, because it is not a natural behavior for a young animal. For puppies and kittens, the process is more or less the same: first gently touch the muzzle and reward the animal if it allows. The next step is to periodically lift the tab. Reward him if he allows. If the puppy or kitten pulls back, step back and keep practicing. Once he allows, you can gently run a dog's toothbrush over the teeth. If your puppy or kitten knows this 'trick', you can occasionally brush the teeth with special animal toothpaste.
Chewing is good for the teeth
You can also protect your dog or cat from plaque in a nicer way. Chews are available for cats that help to remove the plaque. For dogs, there is a variety of toys and chews that help remove plaque. It is advisable to take a dog bone made of cowhide instead of a 'real' bone. Bones can splinter, or they are so hard that the dog breaks his teeth on them. Make sure that the dog does not swallow the last piece in one go. Combine chewing with brushing the teeth or a periodic check-up by the vet!