How important is it to take care of your pet’s dental health? By age three, 80 percent of dogs and 70 percent of cats have some evidence of periodontal disease, which can cause mouth pain, tooth loss, and at advanced stages, serious illness.
At 43rd Avenue Animal Hospital, we believe in preventing disease before it becomes a bigger—and more expensive—problem. In addition to annual dental exams and cleanings, we also recommend that you brush your pet’s teeth if you can. One of our veterinarians will be happy to show you how, and to get you started, check out these brushing tips. It’s easier than you think!
- Get comfortable. Instead of standing over your dog, try kneeling or sitting in front of him or her. Practice lifting your pet’s lip to see their teeth and reward with praise.
- Use a toothbrush and toothpaste made for pets. Human toothpaste contains ingredients that may hurt your pet’s stomach. Finger brushes work well for smaller dogs and cats; you’ll need a larger brush with a handle for big dogs.
- Go slow at first.Start with rubbing your pet’s gums and teeth with your finger to see how well they tolerate it. Before using the brush, let them lick some of the toothpaste off your finger or the brush.
- Brushing success. Brush teeth and gums gently and finish with the bottom front teeth. Focus on the outside of the teeth—the surface facing the cheek is the most prone to plaque and tartar buildup. When finished, offer lots of praise!
Getting used to brushing might take several sessions, so be patient. Your pet’s gums may bleed a little at first, but it’s only an emergency if they don’t stop.
During National Pet Dental Health Month in February, we offer a FREE oral exam with a nurse during the month. If you schedule your pet’s procedure within 90 days of that exam, you’ll receive 15% off the base price of $499.00* That’s a savings of $74.85!
Additionally, every pet scheduled for the complimentary oral exam will be entered to win a basket of dental goodies!
For more information or to schedule an appointment for your pet’s FREE oral exam, call us at 602.705.0534.
*Some restrictions apply. Pets must have current vaccinations, have had a recent full exam by the doctor before or at the time of the procedure, and blood testing must be done within 3 weeks of the procedure date.