Keeping your pet’s teeth healthy
Dental health is important for your pet. Gum disease is a problem amongst dogs and cats and can be very painful for them if it isn’t found and treated in the early stages. Without treatment, many dental problems in pets can lead to health problems such as tooth loss and kidney infections.
Here are a few tips to help you keep your pet’s teeth in tip top condition.
Brushing your pet’s teeth
Whilst brushing your pet’s teeth seems like a crazy idea, it is possible to do it. For dogs and cats, brushing regularly is something you can get them used to, and special toothbrushes and toothpastes are available for pets.
You could use a child’s toothbrush on their teeth, as this is soft enough for them. Never use human toothpaste on your pet though, always choose one that is made for the animal whose teeth you are brushing as otherwise it could be toxic for them.
Snacks that promote good dental health
Dry food can help your animal with their dental health as it scrapes on the teeth, reducing the build up of plaque. You can also buy dry foods that are specifically made to have this effect, using fibres on the outside that will act like a toothbrush.
You can also get snacks and toys that are meant to be chewed by cats and dogs to improve their dental health. These are a good option if your pet doesn’t seem keen on having their teeth brushed.
Chewing and gnawing for rabbits and small furries
Rabbits and small furries need to have food, and other things in their enclosure, that will help them gnaw and grind down their teeth. If they don’t get this then their teeth will become overgrown and start to cause them pain.
The museli style of food that most rabbits and small furries are fed doesn’t help with this. They need food that will help them to wear down their teeth. Hay and leafy greens are good for this and should make up the majority of your rabbit’s diet.
Twigs are a good idea for wearing down a rabbit’s teeth. Good twigs can come from hazel, willow, hawthorn and apple trees. Avoid cherry, plum or peach twigs as stone fruit trees are poisonous to rabbits.
If you're concerned about your pet's teeth speak to your local Best Friends Vet.
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