It is a good idea to get your pet used to having their mouth handled and examined from a young age. This will make routine dental care and veterinary examinations easier and far less stressful for you and your pet.
Practice lifting your puppy/kitten’s lips and running a finger over his teeth and gums. Start as soon as you have brought them home once they are settled.
It is best to do short, frequent sessions to get your pet used to it gradually.
Brushing is best
It is true that the best thing you can do for your pet’s dental health is to regularly brush their teeth using a small, soft brush and a pet safe tooth paste.
The various dental supplements on the market can help your pet’s overall dental health but should only be used alongside a regular tooth brushing routine. Try to brush daily, where possible.
If you would like to learn more about correct technique and create a routine that works for you and your pet, book in for one of our free of charge Dental Clinics with a nurse.
Choose a chew
Feed raw, meaty bones once weekly to encourage gnawing and to help prevent the accumulation of tarter, which can lead to periodontal disease. Raw bones tend to be a healthier option and are far more effective against dental disease than some treats on the market that are advertised as ‘dental chews’.
Be aware that vigorous chewing can lead to dental fractures; however the risk of this can be significantly lowered by selecting an appropriate chew for your pet’s size, chewing technique and experience.
We stock a range of raw treats and bones from Natural Instinct; feel free to ask one of our members of staff for advice on which chews would suit your pet.
You are what you eat
Opt for a good quality, natural food that is low in simple carbohydrates and sugars.
Many commercial dry and wet diets contain these components in high quantities as flavour enhancers or fillers. Try to look for a diet with a high meat and vegetable content which is also low in grains and cereals.
Raw feeding is also very beneficial to pet dental health. Natural Instinct foods are complete, totally grain free and come in a variety of delicious flavours.
Speak to one of our team to decide on the best diet for your pet.
Speak to a vet
Regular dental check ups with a vet will allow them to catch the beginnings of dental disease before it develops into a serious problem. Usually these checks will happen when your pet is in for their annual vaccination booster and health assessment.
If you have any concerns about your pet’s dental health or they are showing signs of periodontal disease, our vets will be more than happy to examine your pet in a normal consultation at any time.
Please do call us on 01435 864422 if you need advice or would like to book an appointment.