Your pet’s bad breath could be just one of the signs that it might be experiencing some serious illness inside their body. Unfortunately, only your veterinarian can successfully diagnosed some of the underlying conditions that cause your pet to have bad breath. Annual scaling by your vet must be done to avoid tartar build-up. But sometimes, seeing the veterinarian can be a bit expensive for some. That is why it is also helpful if you have a little knowledge on how to take good care of your pet’s teeth. Learning how to clean your pet’s teeth can be very handy especially now that there are cat and dog toothpaste as well as cat and dog tooth brushes formulated and designed specifically for them.
It is also better to invest in toothbrush and toothpaste rather than to pay expensive dental bills. As the old saying goes, prevention is always better than cure. Cleaning your pet’s teeth can be quite a task and it definitely needs some getting used to. But once you and your pet get the hang of it, you will certainly have a very good bonding time.
There are 2 types of toothbrush that you can choose to use: the regular dog brush, and the finger brush. If you want to be more specifically comfortable while you are cleaning the teeth of your pet, then you can use the finger brush because it has rubber cap that you can place over your finger and it also has softer bristles compared to the regular one. It is very helpful in reaching difficult areas.
When it comes to toothpaste, it is advisable not to use your own regular toothpaste. Your dog for example will probably swallow it so it is always safe to use something that is formulated for them. Besides, it will be very fun because there are also a lot of flavors to choose from. In fact some of the flavors available are probably their favorite food: beef, malt, chicken, vanilla, etc.
However, if you are quite a busy person and not sure if you will be able to commit some of your time in cleaning your pet’s teeth, the best option that you have are the preventive measures. You can get plaque sprays that can at least lessen the chance of the tartar and plaque build-up in their teeth, dental chews and also some prescription diets.
Still, one of the best things that you can do for your pet is to give it a healthy diet. Treat your pet as how you want and need to be treated. You and your pet’s needs are almost similar. As much as possible, avoid giving foods that will only make way for plaque and tartar build-up.
If your cat or dog has bad breath even if you have done all the preventive measures then it best to visit your veterinary for professional help.