You know your dog (or cat!) is the true love of your life, but stinky puppy kisses are NOT fun. To take care of your pet's teeth, you should be going to the vet for regular cleanings, but in between, try our two step method for keeping teeth clean and breath fresh.
- Step 1: Scraping tartar. Brushing your dog or cats teeth with a toothbrush daily is the best way to scrape tartar from their teeth, but it's not always practical. If you can't brush their teeth, make sure they are chewing on something for at least 20 minutes a day (for dogs). Chewing bones, rawhides, ropes, and/or dental toys helps scrape the tartar off their teeth and keep 'em nice and clean!
- Step 2: Preventing plaque formation. Toothpaste has bad bacteria busters in it, but again, a toothbrush and toothpaste isn't always easy with dogs and cats. There are other ways you can prevent that plaque from growing in your pet's mouth. My favorite is the Tropiclean line. You can use a gel along their gumline, and a water additive to get them the care they deserve. Other options include Brushless Toothpaste Chews, Zuke's Z-Bones, and Pet Natural's Oral Health Food Additive.
For cats, both of these steps apply, but since most cats don't enjoy chewing as much as dogs do, you have to use different products. Smart N'Tasty Cat Dental Chews are a great alternative for scraping tartar, and the Tropiclean water additive is another easy way to fight plaque in your feline friend's mouth.
Unsure which of these products works best for you? Come by and see us, we'll help you find just the right products to keep your Valentine's mouth clean enough for kissing!