Did you know 80% of pets show signs of periodontal disease by the time they’re three years old? That’s why it’s so important to get your pups into a regular dental care regimen early on to avoid doggie dental issues later on in life. That being said, here are a few best practices we suggest:
#1: Start training early.
Most dogs aren’t going to want to sit still while you try to wedge a toothbrush or finger brush between their teeth. Just like all other aspects of dog training, the earlier you introduce teeth-brushing to your dog, the easier it will be to get him to behave in the long run!
#2: Don’t get discouraged.
If your dog only sits still for 30 seconds or so, don’t worry. A little bit of brushing is better than none at all! Do as much and as often as Fido will allow.
#3: Don’t leave it to the groomer.
While we don’t doubt your dog groomer’s capabilities and integrity, the only true way to know your pet’s teeth are being cleaned properly is by overseeing the process yourself. Plus, we’d imagine you’re not sending Fluffy to the groomer’s nearly as often as you should be brushing his pearly whites.
#4: Brush often, but not too often.
As a general rule, at home brushing should take place once or twice a week, depending on your pet’s dental habits. If you find that plaque is building up rather quickly, add an extra day of brushing to your regimen.
#5: Purchase supplies, and learn the ropes.
As a pet parent, it’s your job to learn the proper ways to care for your furry friend — and this includes learning the ins and outs of doggie dental hygiene. When in doubt, consult a veterinary professional and ask for a demonstration. As for your brush and toothpaste options, there are several different types at your local pet store to choose from.
#6: Schedule a professional dental cleaning.
If you haven’t been keeping a close eye on your pet’s dental health, don’t fret! The best way to get started is with a professional cleaning to remove all that tarter that’s built up over the years. Lucky for you, we’re running a dental exam special!
For a limited time, your pet can enjoy a dental cleaning and bloodwork evaluation for only $350!
To learn more about our dental cleaning procedure, take a peek at the YouTube videobelow, starring Dr. Don Costlow, a vet at one of our sister hospitals, and his dog Mirage. Interested in booking a dental cleaning for your pet? Call Upper East Side Animal Hospital at 212-396-3020.
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