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How to brush your dog’s teeth. Milkbones alone do not cut it!

February 28th, 2017 Posted in Uncategorized

 

One of the most important things we can do for our pets’ oral health is to brush their teeth every day. Since plaque turns into calculus in 24 hours, brushing less often will not do much. (Although something is probably better than nothing). Contrary to what those ads on t.v. lead us to believe, giving your dog Milkbone or other similar treats is not an alternative way to clean their teeth.
Of course, at some point your pet will need a professional cleaning under anesthesia. Small breed dogs and many cats might need this as early as at age three and as often as once a year. Larger dogs are less prone to dental decay or Resorptive Lesions (kitty cavities), so they usually can have their teeth cleaned less often. We will examine your pet’s teeth at the time of their annual check-up and let you know if a cleaning is needed. You can also look yourself; if you see brown gunk (tartar) on the teeth, if your pet has bad breath, or if the gums look inflammed where they touch the tooth, then it’s time to give us a call and book that cleaning!
If your pet has a healthy mouth, then daily brushing will help keep it that way.

 

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