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Did you know that dental care is just as important for your dog as it is for us human beings? Just like with our teeth, your dogs’ teeth can gather plaque during eating. This plaque can then build up and harden which then becomes known as a brown substance called tartar.
Then as this tartar accumulates it will work its way beneath the dog’s gums and become the reason behind painful infections and gum disease. This process occurs in the mouths of dogs, and is no different to what occurs in people. You no doubt brush your teeth on a regular basis, but think about your poor dog for a moment. What can he/she do?
If you care and love with your pet you should take attention too with their teeth..
So what can you do to help maintain good pet dental health?
1) Check your pet’s teeth regularly (e.g.monthly) so that deviations from the normal can be spotted early and dealt with before a major problem develops. The added advantage of this is that the pet gets used to you handling it’s mouth area.
2) Feed a dry kibble diet. These types of diet are more abrasive on the teeth than tinned foods or home prepared diets, and tend to keep the teeth clean for longer periods.
Common cat health problem start in your cat’s mouth. Mouth infections can migrate to vital organs such as the heart and liver, possibly causing life-threatnening complications.
Start by frequently touching your cat’s face, mouth, and gums, to get him used to the idea of your hands near those sensitive locations. Once he’s comfortable with this, graduate to a cotton-tipped swab, dipped into any oral antiseptic, especially prepared for animals, or a liquid tooth-cleaning formular or toothpaste made especially for cats. To start with, you can even use plain water or the juice from a can of tuna. Never use toothpaste or mouthwash made for humans; these products can irritate and burn your cat’s mouth and stomach, or make him very sick.
Regular health care for pets is a crucial part of their ongoing development, health and well-being. Outside regular exercise and a healthy diet, your pet needs routine health care to ensure it has a long and happy life. Regular, routine health care should include proper grooming, good dental care, parasite prevention and regular visits to the veterinarian’s office. To learn more, read on.
Dogs start with 28 deciduous (baby) teeth. After six months these baby teeth fall out and are replaced by permanent teeth. They then have 42 teeth. Especially Staffordshires have very powerfull jaws and strong teeth and need to chew to keep these healthy. When they are young they need to chew to develop their jaws. When they are old, they need things to chew to keep their teeth clean en get rid of stress. The teeth should form a scissors bite.