At Hill Top Animal Hospital, our Evans vet takes great pride in the high standard of care provided to all pets that come into our office. We always want what’s best for your pet’s health and wellness, which is why we encourage all pet owners to take the time to brush their pets’ teeth frequently at home. Wondering how often to clean your pet’s teeth? Every day would be ideal, but even a few times a week can make a huge difference in your pet’s dental and oral health.
How to Clean Your Pet’s Teeth
One of the most common questions we receive about cleaning pets’ teeth is what to use to clean them. First and foremost, you should not use the same toothpaste on your pet’s teeth that you would use on your own teeth. Instead, head to your local pet supply store and pick up toothpaste formulated specifically for pets. You can also find toothbrushes made specifically for dogs and cats.
Dogs tend to be easier to work with when it comes to teeth cleaning. Start by introducing a small amount of the toothpaste to your dog; more than likely, the enticing smell will make him happy to open his mouth and let you get to work. Cats are not always so willing; you may need to wrap your cat in a towel or otherwise gently (yet sternly) take hold of your cat to gain access to the mouth. Gently pressing your index finger and thumb on either side of your cat’s mouth will encourage them to open up. And with time and practice, the teeth-brushing routine will become second-nature to you both.
Wondering what to look for during cleaning? Aside from plaque build-up, be on the lookout for bleeding gums, as this could be a sign of gum disease that needs to be addressed by a veterinary professional.
Schedule an Appointment with our Evans Veterinarian
If you have questions about cleaning your pet’s teeth or need to schedule an appointment with our Evans vet, give Hill Top Animal Hospital a call at (706) 303-4571!