A Closer Look at Pet Dental Care: How to Brush Your Pet’s Teeth at Home

Many pet owners are still surprisingly ill at ease when it comes to pet dental care. Sure, like other new adventures, brushing your pet’s teeth might seem a bit daunting at first. We can assure that with equal measures of patience, practice and determination, you’ll be setting your pet up for a brighter, healthier future. What could be better than that?

Forming a New Habit

Brushing our own teeth is something we do every day (at least twice). In fact, it’s so much a part of our day that to skip it just feels downright wrong. Well, getting to this point with your pet can take some time, but if you are consistent the process of adopting the habit will go by quickly and easily. Before you know it, brushing your pet’s teeth will be just another thing you do together.

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Your Pet’s Dental Health

Brushing Dogs TeethMany pet owners assume that smelly breath is just a normal part of having a dog or cat and ignore it, or attempt to mask the odor with breath-freshening treats or sprays.

However, that “dog breath” you’re trying to avoid is likely a sign that your pet has hidden dental problems. Problems which, over time, can lead to serious, and even life-threatening, health issues.

Where Bad Breath Comes From

Bad breath in dogs and cats is caused by bacteria growth or infection along the gums and teeth, commonly known as periodontal disease. Periodontal disease can introduce bacteria to the bloodstream, which circulates through the body and can infect the kidneys, liver and heart. Continue…