Three Ways to Keep Your Pet’s Teeth Healthy

I know blogs are great for making things sound simple and using layman’s terms when discussing complicated subjects. The contents of today’s blog are that simple: Three ways to keep your fur child’s teeth healthy!

Let’s begin by discussing a kibble that can help keep their teeth clean.

1. Feeding your dog a dental diet (or your cat a dental diet) can help prevent the build-up of tartar and plaque. The kibble sizes of these diets are larger to help scrape the teeth. Once your dog or cat is fully grown and no longer needing puppy or kitten food, check out what different dental diets are available at your veterinarian and what might work for your pet. At our hospital, we carry a few different brands of dental diets to satisfy your pet.

2. Brush your pet’s teeth! There are little (or big!) toothbrushes available along with toothpaste formulated for pets. Maybe your cat would like seafood toothpaste? It is possible, especially if you begin when your pet is still young. Getting them comfortable with this procedure when they are a puppy or kitten will keep this routine simple for you and your family members. Schedule an appointment to have one of our technicians show you how to brush your pet’s teeth.

3. Yearly visits with your veterinarian to do a full examination of your pet’s mouth. If the veterinarian sees that there might be oral concerns, an estimate can be created, and your pet can be scheduled in for a dental prophy. A dental prophy is cleaning for your pet’s teeth that are performed under anesthetic, using the same types of cleaning instruments used at your dentist. A dental is a day procedure at Mill Bay Veterinary Hospital. Contact us today!

Written by: Meghan Seal, Inventory Specialist/Senior Receptionist