5 Tips for Proper Pet Dental Hygiene in honor of Pet Smile Month

September 15, 2011

This might not have anything to do with actual people patients, but for those of us who love our pets dental hygiene is important. And if you really think about it most of the advice found in the following steps recommended by nationalpetpharmacy.com are the same whether they apply to a pet or a person. However, I don't remember the last time I was given a treat as a reward after having my teeth cleaned. Read the full press release below.

This might not have anything to do with actual people patients, but for those of us who love our pets dental hygiene is important. And if you really think about it most of the advice found in the following steps recommended by nationalpetpharmacy.com are the same whether they apply to a pet or a person. However, I don't remember the last time I was given a treat as a reward after having my teeth cleaned. Read the full press release below.

PLYMOUTH MEETING, Pa., Sept. 15, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- September is Pet Smile Month, a time to remember the importance of proper pet dental hygiene. Studies reveal that 80% of dogs and 70% of cats show signs of oral disease by age three(1). In fact, oral disease is the number one health problem diagnosed in both dogs and cats. Dental health is about proper maintenance, yet few pet parents follow their veterinarian's instructions. NationalPetPharmacy.com has pulled together the following recommendations for keeping pets' teeth healthy and clean.

1. Give Them a Yearly Checkup

Unfortunately, dental checkups are something most people don't think about as part of the yearly trip to the veterinarian. But, just like people, pets suffer from dental issues that if left unchecked can lead to serious health problems.

2. Grab a Toothbrush

Believe it or not, you can brush your pet's teeth. However, according to a recent petMD poll, fewer than 4 in 10 pet parents ever pick up a toothbrush. Fortunately, it's not too late. There are a variety of toothbrushes and toothpastes specially made for pets. Dog toothpaste and cat toothpaste even come in flavors they'll enjoy. Do NOT, however, try to brush their teeth with "people" toothpaste; they could ingest it and become ill.

3. Stimulate Their Gums

Don't forget to massage their gums regularly. Not only will this promote healing should your pet have an oral malady, it will strengthen their gums and make them less susceptible to problems like gingivitis and tooth decay.

4. To Treat or Not to Treat?

Dental treats for dogs and cats are okay in moderation, but they're not sufficient to effectively clean your pet's teeth. If, however, you regularly clean their teeth, special pet supplements and treats are a good addition. Try giving your dog or cat a chew or treat as a reward for good behavior while getting them used to having their teeth cleaned.

5. Don't Wait Until It's Too Late

Tooth decay and gum disease have been linked to heart, kidney, and other serious chronic illnesses. Don't wait until your dog or cat shows signs of distress to have their teeth checked out; your pet won't show signs of discomfort until they're in considerable pain. Preventative care, annual checkups and a well-balanced diet can ensure your pet stays happy and healthy.

About NationalPetPharmacy.com

NationalPetPharmacy.com is a fully licensed, full-service pet pharmacy offering a wide selection of pet meds, vitamins and comprehensive pet health and wellness products.

NationalPetPharmacy.com was founded to provide pet parents an online pharmacy they can trust, selling only U.S. FDA/EPA-approved medications – the exact same medications dispensed from the vet office. NationalPetPharmacy.com is a subsidiary of the Pet360 family of brands, which also includes PetFoodDirect.com – the most complete pet food and supply retailer online, and petMD.com – the world's leading online resource focused solely on the health and well-being of pets.