When was the last time you were at the dentist to have your teeth cleaned? When was the last time you had your dog or cat’s teeth cleaned? If you are not sure, then it’s time to get your pet to the veterinarian to have their teeth examined.
Our veterinarians in Tampa believe that dental care is one of the most important preventative items for your pet’s health. Other than getting rid of “doggy breath”, a clean mouth will help your pet by reducing oral pain and reducing the amount of circulating bacteria in the blood which could lead to systemic infections (ie. kidney, liver and heart valve). Your veterinary team is your primary ally in the preventative game but you have to take an active role as well. Regular brushing or dental cleaning chews are essential to maintaining your dog and cat’s oral health.
Brushing doesn’t have to be an ordeal at home. The trick is making it getting it into your routine. Start with once weekly and see if you can increase to 2-3 times a week. This will make a huge impact towards a cleaner, healthier mouth.