6 Ways to Beat Dental Disease

Toothbrush and Toothpaste

  • Use one made for pets.
  • Choose the right size for your pet.
  • Only use pet toothpaste.
  • Start out brushing in stages.
  • Let pet lick toothpaste first so it’s used to the taste.
  • For cats who resist, try a cotton swab in tuna water and run along gums every day.

Dental Diets

  • Check with your veterinarian about a diet specifically formulated to help control plaque.

Dental Chews

  • If your pet swallows a chew whole, stop giving the chew.
  • Stick to dental chews, rather than opting for bones which can damage chews and cause upset stomach.

Oral Rinses and Sprays

  • Use one with a point and squeeze applicator.

Drinking Water Additives

  • Add to your pet’s drinking water daily.
  • Pay close attention to drinking habits first few days to see if pet is drinking water.
    • Consider providing two bowls of water, one with additive and one with regular water, to make sure pet continues to drink.

Dental Sealants

  • Applied after a professional cleaning.
  • Need to be reapplied once a week.

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