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Take Care of Those Chompers

February is Pet Dental Health Month which means it’s a good time to take a look at your animal’s pearly whites. Studies show that two-thirds of our pets don’t get the dental maintenance they need to have healthy teeth.

The Alternative

To get your pet’s teeth cleaned professionally requires the animal to be put under general anesthesia which is costly and can be hard on our pets. To ensure your pet is healthy enough to be put under, there is an examination which may include:

  • Blood tests
  • Urine tests
  • X-rays
  • Electrocardiography

Luckily for us, there are many ways we can care for our pets at home. There are many varieties of toothpaste and brushes formulated specifically for dogs and cats. Ideally, teeth should be brushed every day or, at least, a few times a week. This can be time-consuming or with certain animals undoable so we carry a variety of alternatives to brushing that are also very effective.

Water Additives– You can add a product to your pet’s water that both freshens breath and keeps tarter as a film, preventing it from hardening into plaque.

Dental Treats– Treats can be great for allowing your dog to chew and scrape off the tarter and loosen anything stuck between teeth.

Chew Toys– Like dental treats, certain toys can be very beneficial for keeping teeth clean as well as stimulating gums, relieving stress, eliminating boredom, and providing a safe outlet for their natural desire to chew.

While February is dental health month, it is important to get into a regular dental regimen as a clean and healthy mouth is as important for them as it is for all of us. After all, isn’t that million dollar smile worth it?

This article was written by Cory McClymonds Store Manager.

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