Dental care in our pets is as important for them as it is for us. Dogs and cats can have periodontal disease as early as 3 years old, which if left untreated can worsen causing more problems with the kidneys, liver and heart muscle.


For our small pets, such as rabbits, guinea pigs and hamster, dental care is also equally important. Small pet teeth continually grow and it left growing can become painful to your pet. Small pets need plenty of good chewing options in order to naturally wear down their teeth.


Everything starts with plaque which then hardens into tartar. Once tartar sets in below the gumline a veterinarian will be needed to remove it and clean the teeth. But, the good news is that you can prevent this and even reverse dental problems for your pets with good dental habits! Your pets can have clean and healthy teeth and the best part? Their breath smells better too!


How to clean teeth

Dogs need their teeth cleaned on the outside, meaning the side facing the cheek. Use a downwards motion when brushing.

For cats, also clean on the outside, but use horizontal brushing motions when cleaning.


Preventative

Preventative care also comes with tasty benefits for pets. Right now there are many different chewing treats, bones, and toy options available for dogs, cats, and small pets that it is easy and fun to help your pet have clean teeth.


You can visit us at Mother Nature to learn more about chewing toys and treats for your pets to help keep your pets teeth in tip top shape!