First, a few quick questions:
- Do you brush your pet's teeth? (There are a variety of "brushes" from traditional to a finger-style brush, a sponge, and wipes).
- Do you perform periodic mouth inspections to be sure there are no broken teeth; sores, abrasions, or growths on the gums/tongue; or foul odor from the mouth?
- Do you give your dog dental treats or dental specific items to chew on?
- Do you have your veterinarian give your pet a dental check-up during visits?
Pictured above, our Harely shows off her canines...and while our girl does have good teeth, with age (she is now eight) there is some tartar build up in the back, so under the direction of her vet, we are keeping a close watch on her and she may have to go in to have a professional cleaning in the near future in order to prevent any issues down the line. Last year, when Wolf, who was four at the time, underwent surgery for the papillomas that grew on his leg, we opted to have his teeth cleaned since he was already under and now he has beautiful pearly whites!
For more on pet dental health care, and to see Wolf getting his teeth brushed, please be sure to read my article, "Keep Your Pet's Smile Healthy With Dental Check Ups" on page 12 in the current issue - Volume 2, Issue #1 - of American Pet Magazine. And be sure to enter to win an oil portrait of your pet done by award-winning artist Carole Diane Heslin while helping animals in need. Full details HERE.