How to best take care of your furry friend's teeth at home

By: Anne Shilston

It’s dental time at Tauranga Vets so let’s get your pet’s mouth looking and smelling great!

There’s a lot you can do to improve your pet’s oral health.

Without regular cleaning, plaque and bacteria develop on teeth and gums causing bad breath. If not removed, plaque turns into tartar, leading to more serious dental disease.

Prevention is better than cure.

1: Dental food is an easy way to ensure your pet is getting good quality nutrition while mechanically cleaning their
teeth as they bite and chew. Both Hills and Royal Canin dental foods provide excellent preventative qualities.

2: Brushing your pet’s teeth with pet toothpaste will also prevent plaque build-up. Getting them used to brushing takes time and patience. Not all pets will tolerate brushing so start when they’re young. It is possible to teach older pets new tricks and we have leaflets to show you how.

3: Oravet dental chews are a new product which is clinically proven to reduce bad breath and dental disease.  They scrub away plaque and tartar as they’re chewed. Oravet contains delmopinol (used in human mouth wash) which is released when chewed, coating teeth in a film that forms a barrier against bacteria that leads to plaque formation and bad breath. Dogs love the taste so they’re a perfect treat.

A healthy mouth is one of the most important things you can do to ensure good overall health for your pet. We currently have some great dental packages available so give us a call and book in your dental.

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