When it comes to keeping their pets safe, many owners forget the value of oral hygiene. As a pet owner, you must note that teeth cleaning is the basis of good oral health and the safest way to prevent severe life-threatening conditions. For example, 80 percent of dogs display symptoms of canine periodontal disease by the age of three, and unfortunately, some of these signs go unnoticed by owners because they are unaware of the severity of the disease. Cleaning your pet's teeth at home will make them happier and live longer, and it's shockingly simple even if you're on a tight schedule. Learn how to clean your pet's teeth in a few simple steps.


Brushing your pet's teeth is one of the most important things to do, even if you don't have time to do it more than once a week, doing so at least once a week would help a lot. This is the most successful way for you to fend off plaque before it turns tartar, which is very common in pets with poor dental health. Many pets learn to endure dental cleanings; it may be difficult at first, but the more you do it, the more comfortable they will become. Using specially made pet toothbrushes and toothpaste can also increase the likelihood that your pet enjoys brushing their teeth.


If you're bruising your pet's teeth, make sure you're using toothpaste made especially for them; human toothpaste contains harmful additives that could hurt your dog or cat. Your pet's toothpaste will come in a variety of flavors that he or she would likely enjoy. You can still experiment with different toothpaste and toothbrush combinations to see what you and your pet prefer.


Dental treats are an excellent way to improve your pet's dental health. Dental treats can clean their teeth while still satisfying normal cravings; they come in a variety of sizes and shapes, and they can also help fid through crevices between teeth to stimulate blood flow through the gums; you're sure to find one that your pet enjoys.


Chew toys are one of the best ways to keep your pet busy and entertained while also cleaning their teeth. A chew toy can satisfy their natural chewing instincts while also improving their dental health. Chewing is thought to be a natural way for pets, particularly dogs, to clean their teeth because gnawing scrapes buildup on their teeth and in the crevices.


Taking your dog to the veterinarian for a skilled cleaning at Lakeshore Vet and Pet Lodge in Mandeville is the safest way to ensure their dental health. Oral examinations and professional cleanings are required for all pets at least once a year, so your veterinarian can check for early warning signs of any issues. A veterinarian may extract plaque below the gum line, where toothbrushes or dental treats can't penetrate. You can clean your pet's teeth using any of the methods mentioned above, but a professional dental cleaning should not be overlooked.

If you haven't had your pet's teeth checked in a while, make an appointment at Lakeshore Vet and Pet Lodge so you can ask us what's best for them and see what you and your pet prefer! Please contact us right away!

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