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Our pets are living longer now than in the past. Today, we have better preventive medicine (e.g., vaccinations and heartworm preventives) and better ways to diagnose and treat many diseases. Now we are seeing more animals whose most severe medical problems are dental problems. It is estimated that three out of four pets develop gingivitis by the age of three years, due to lack of regular professional cleaning and follow up home care.
To prevent oral disease, which is the number one health problem diagnosed in pets, it is essential to provide our pets with good dental care, both professionally and at home. The American association of Veterinary dentists recommends that dogs and cats should get their teeth cleaned professionally at least every 6mo to 1yr. This should be followed by the regular home dental care. (You will be redirected to the AAHA dental care recommendations for more information).
Home Dental Care is crucial in keeping your pet healthy.
_____ Brushing daily (30 seconds daily)
_____ Oral Hygiene Rinse (one squeeze in mouth daily)
_____ Veterinary- Approved Dental Chew (one chew daily)
_____ Water Additive (1 teaspoon/pint or 2 teaspoons/quart H20 daily)
_____ Veterinary- Recommended Dental Diet (fed daily)
Once you have decided which method works for you please call us for more information, dental care tips, products to use and other questions. If you have never brushed your pet's teeth before and would like to know how, please call us and we can set up a demonstration for you!