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Dental Health Tips for Dogs and Cats

Show me those pearly whites.

Pets, like people, need to have their teeth and gums cleaned and checked regularly to ensure good oral health.

It’s important to take the time to examine your dog or cat’s mouth on a consistent basis. That way, you’re ensuring a happy and healthy pet!

According to the Canadian Medical Veterinary Association (CMVA), here is what you should look for when it comes to your four-legged friend.

Signs of healthy oral hygiene in dogs and cats

• odour-free

• healthy, white, evenly spaced teeth

• pink, glistening gums that are tightly adherent to the teeth

Signs of oral health problems in dogs and cats

• bad breath

• trouble chewing

• increased saliva (drooling)

• swelling or redness of gums

• abnormal tooth colour

• missing or broken teeth

• lumps or swellings around the teeth

• inflamed or sore lips, oral cavity, tongue, palate or tonsils

• diseases of the eye may be related to disease of the upper molar teeth

Inflamed, red gums and a buildup of yellow tartar to the teeth might be a sign of early periodontal disease.

Regular visits to the veterinarian’s office for dental cleanings are highly recommended. For an extensive examination and cleaning, know that your pet will need to be put under anesthesia.

So what should you be using to keep your pet’s dental health in check?

The Veterinary Oral Health Council has pre-approved products when it comes to plaque and tartar control. View their extensive list here.

Remember, regular brushing, a proper diet, and chewing exercises through toys can all help towards a healthy mouth.

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