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At Home Care Tips to Maintain Your Pet's Dental Health

At Home Care Tips to Maintain Your Pet's Dental Health​

Your pet's oral health may be the most important preventative care regimen you can follow. At Valley Animal Hospital in Clifton, our vet advises that every pet owner knows how to clean their pet's teeth to keep them healthy in between office visits. Tartar and plaque buildup can turn into an infection, which often spreads to other parts of a pet's body. Our vet can teach you specific ways to clean your pet's teeth, but here are some important tips:

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Ideally, you should start cleaning your pet's teeth when they're very young, according to our Clifton NJ veterinarian. It's also very important that you begin the training process when your pet is free from pain.

Never use human toothpaste on your pet. This can be harmful if swallowed, while toothpaste made specifically for dental care for dogs is made to be swallowed. Plus, it's made in flavors attractive to animals.

Using a soft bristled toothbrush is best, but some cat owners know this just isn't going to happen. Dental care for cats is often a case of compromise. If your feline absolutely refuses to get used to the brush, try a gauze pad combined with an oral rinse as the first step. Be aware that it's important for you to move to the brush, eventually, as it's the only way to remove some food at the gum line.

Go slowly every time you brush. Allow your pet to get used to the smell and taste of the toothpaste. You'll avoid stressing out your pet as well as the chance of getting bitten. Praise your pet while you brush, and give them a special toy when you're done.

Getting into the habit of brushing is crucial. Every day is ideal, but in reality, twice a week is a good schedule to shoot for.

Call Valley Animal Hospital in Clifton Today!

If you've got any questions about pet dental care, give our office a call at (973) 509-5225. We care for patients in Clifton, Montclair, Nutley and the surrounding areas. Valley Animal Hospital in Clifton is ready to assist you today!


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