Does your pet have a little too much tartar? Maybe the morning breath is really bad today?
In our busy lives, sometimes we forget to examine our pet’s teeth for oral concerns, such as loose teeth, gum disease, root abscesses, tartar buildup, and more.
From general health questions to urgent concerns, use the Petzey app to talk or video chat with a licensed vet professional to get answers in minutes. If a trip to the vet clinic or hospital is needed, we’ll help find ones near you.
We sat down with Dr. Kristen Smith, a veterinarian on the Petzey network, to discuss various pet-related questions including how and why we should help present dental health issues.
Watch the full video below!
Why do I need to brush my pet’s teeth?
While most of us would think our vet only recommends brushing our pet’s teeth so they stay pearly white, “the truth of it is much more related to the overall health of the pet. The toxins that are in the mouth can cause problems for the liver and the kidneys.” Dr. Smith adds that dental disease in dogs can also cause problems in the heart valves.
Alright, so dental disease can be pretty serious. So how can we address it? “It’s great if you can start good dental habits brushing the teeth at home with a young dog so that they become accustomed to having that brush in their mouth,” Dr. Smith advises.
How often should I brush my pet’s teeth?
Most vets will recommend you brush your pet’s teeth at least four to five times a week.
“I encourage people to keep up that process because I can just say from my own experience, I do in fact brush my dog’s teeth every night. At first he hated it, but now he won’t go to bed until I brush his teeth. He actually waits for me to brush his teeth before he’ll go up to bed!”
Any tips for brushing my pet’s teeth?
Here are our tips and tricks:
“I usually describe it to people as not trying to pry their mouth open, but lifting the lips up and rubbing the toothbrush on the outer surfaces of the teeth. That’s what’s most important,” Dr. Smith instructs. You can also use the Petzey app to discuss with a licensed vet professional who can walk you through brushing.
Use Petzey today to talk or video chat with one of our veterinary professionals for a virtual teeth-to-tail exam, which includes a dental checkup! All you have to do is ask for a wellness check, have your pet nearby, and our vet professionals will take care of the rest.
Give your pet a wellness check today!