It is so important to establish a routine, preferably as young as possible in order to get your pet used to brushing on a regular basis. This will prevent a lot of pain and suffering in the long run. This blog post will provide you with alternative ways of caring for your pets’ teeth – without brushing. Please note all of the advice is not a complete alternative to brushing, but an extra alternative that can be added as part of a good oral hygiene plan.
Some cats and dogs may not accept having their teeth brushed, and these alternatives can be helpful – but we would also advise if you cannot clean their teeth at all make sure you visit your vet frequently for cleanings and examinations.
Dental treats are formulated with safe enzymes that get to work by breaking down plaque and tartar buildup on teeth and along the gum line. This can help prevent or reduce gingivitis and other oral problems before they become too advanced for home treatment.
Dental treats are flavoured to taste great to your pet and many dogs and cats will readily eat these on a daily basis. But be careful not to overdo it, these treats are great for teeth but not for their diet!
TIP Avoid feeding your dog or cat table scraps and tidbits. Feeding these sweet human treats can increase the likelihood of plaque and tartar building up.
Chews, bones or biscuits that are made to remove plaque are a great alternative to table scraps. Keeping your dog and their teeth happy! Some chews are coated with beef to hide a dual enzyme system are made to prevent bacteria from building up. These chews are great as they also remove existing plaque.
Oral rinses are very easy to use – you simply pour the solution into your pet’s water bowl. Then whenever your pet drinks the solution, it will get to work killing bacteria and breaking down any plaque and tartar. The solution is taste and odourless.
TIP When buying an oral rinse make sure it is from a reputable brand and all of the ingredients are non-toxic and completely natural.
Although these are very easy to use, however if your dog or cat drinks little or away from home, they may not be of much benefit.
Cats and dogs can be fed raw bones in order to clean their teeth naturally, but never feed cooked bones – as these can splinter and cause internal damage.
With cats, when feeding raw bones, be sure that they are small enough that your cat can chew on them.
If you cannot seem to manage to clean your pet’s teeth on your own, regular visits with your veterinarian are necessary. This is especially important as your pet gets older, as more and more plaque and tartar buildup will result in dental issues and gum infections. Your vet can properly assess the teeth and gums, and perform a quick cleaning to help with maintaining.
Keep in mind – if the veterinarian has to perform a deep clean, the use of anaesthesia will most likely be necessary.
Working to keep your cat or dog’s mouth clean today will prevent your cat from suffering as a result of tooth extractions, will prevent them for having to be put under anaesthesia for cleaning, and will also save you for expensive veterinary bills.