- According to the American Veterinary Dental Society, 80% of dogs and 70% of cats show signs of oral disease by the age of three.
- Prevention and regular brushing are the best ways to prevent your pet from developing an oral disease.
Use toothpaste formulated for pets
- Commercial toothpaste for humans is not formulated to be used for pets.
- Human toothpaste foams and is not meant to be digested.
- Pets are less likely to cooperate when human ("minty") toothpastes are used during the brushing process.
Try an alternative dental product
- If your pet is uncooperative, initially introduce tooth brushing by using an alternative product for the first few weeks.
- Work your way to a traditional tooth brush once your pet becomes more comfortable with the experience.
Add dental rinses, chews, and treats
- By adding a dental rinse, chew, or treat you can help maintain your pet's oral health and fresh breath.
- When rewarding your pet, try a dental chew or treat instead of a fatty treat.