Travel Animal Doctor: Your Pet’s Teeth

Travel Animal Doctor: Your Pet’s Teeth

The mouth serves as the gateway to the rest of your pet’s body, and your pet’s teeth are necessary tools used in that gateway. -Travel Animal Doctor

Function

  • The teeth serve as important facilitators to your pet’s digestive system.
  • The teeth are used on a daily basis in your pet’s life.
  • To manage your pet’s health, it is just as important to take control of your pet’s dental hygiene as it is to take care of your own.

Brush

  • There are so many flavors of dog toothpaste out there that it is easy to find a flavor your dog enjoys.
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Prevent disease by taking care of your pet’s teeth. – Travel Animal Doctor

Routine

  • Forming a routine will help you to remember to brush your pets teeth.
  • You can start with using your finger and once your animal is used to you manipulating his mouth you can use a toothbrush specifically made to brush your animal’s teeth.
  • After brushing you can give your pet a small treat to make it a positive experience.
  • The younger your animal is when you start brushing his teeth, the better.
  • Make sure to remember to get the back teeth as these are the ones that most often have the most plaque.
  • When plaque build up is not appropriately dealt with gum disease can ensue.

Disease

  • Halitosis may become an early indication that there is plaque build up in your dogs mouth.

Prevention

As always, prevention is key to fighting off disease.  

  • If the teeth are not taken care of for the first nine years of your animal’s life, a disease process has likely already began.
  • A dental cleaning by a veterinary dentist can help remove the tartar (hardened plaque).
  • The first dental cleaning should optimally occur when your animal is middle aged, when associated anesthetic risk is low.
  • There are also a number of dental treats available for cats and dogs that work well to keep the tartar down and make your pet’s breath less stinky.
  • While they are a little expensive, it is important to use them especially if you are not in the habit of regularly brushing your pet’s teeth.
  • These are an easy addition to your pet’s dental care, to supplement brushing your pet’s teeth.

It is extremely important that you manage your pet’s teeth and dental care.

Bacteria

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An illustration related to viral and bacterial infections as depicted moving within a blood vessel alongside blood cells. – Travel Animal Doctor

  • Plaque contains millions of bacteria that upon entering the bloodstream can cause a bacterial infection in your animal’s body in organs such as the liver, brain, kidney or heart.
  • Gum disease can cause excruciating pain for your animal and can result in tooth loss or abscessation.

Play your role in preventing disease in your pet and brush your animal’s teeth today!- Travel Animal Doctor

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  1. Great Article! Do you recommend any particular doggie toothpaste?

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    • Thanks! Jade (our lab mix) uses CET Vanilla/Mint toothpaste and absolutely loves the flavor. I have seen beef, poultry and peanut butter toothpaste too by various companies. There are also a number of recipes to make homemade toothpaste for DIY enthusiasts.

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