How often should you brush your pet’s teeth

You are going to get a lot of different answers to this question. Some people say you should do it daily, some say weekly, and some say it’s okay if you get the vet to do it, every couple of months. We think this is something that should be left to a vet, although between sessions you can do the best to keep your pet’s teeth clean. There are pet toothbrushes, there is special toothpaste, and some pets quite enjoy the process.

If you can brush your pet’s teeth on your own, and your pet will allow you to, then do it. But it’s still a good idea to visit the vet on an annual basis for a little dental hygiene!

What happens if you don’t brush your pet’s teeth?

  • Their teeth will decay
  • They will lose teeth
  • They will drool
  • They will be in pain
  • They will be unable to eat

Dental issues, if left for too long, can result in disease, including liver, heart and kidney disease. It’s not worth ignoring your pet’s teeth.

What equipment do I need?

If you are going to brush your own pet’s teeth, get a pet friendly toothpaste and a pet friendly toothbrush. Older pets need more regular brushing than younger pets; a puppy for example does not need its teeth brushed. Check with your vet when is a suitable time to start brushing your pet’s teeth, and remember, each pet has different dental needs. Also, each pet responds differently. Your good natured dog might just sink his sharp teeth into you, if you’re getting a bit carried away!

Most vets also sell pet friendly chewy snacks that clean and freshen your pets mouth at the same time as being enjoyed.

Any other tips for keeping my pet’s teeth strong?

Apart from dental check ups, give your pet a good diet and ensure that he or she has nutritious foods. Chewing is good for their mouth muscles, and give them chewy snacks, rawhide and those hooves they love will keep their muscles strong. Rubber balls are a great way to exercise your dog’s mouth too.