We all want to do everything we can for our adorable pets. However, when it comes to dental hygiene for dogs and cats, we can all sometimes be a bit negligent. Regular brushing and good oral hygiene practices are just as important for your pet’s mouth as it is for yours. However, when it comes to flossing, what should you do? Do dogs and cats need to have their teeth flossed?
One of the problems that many pet owners face when it comes to their pet’s oral hygiene is the fact that pets aren’t always cooperative. This makes many pet owners give up looking after their pet’s teeth. However, flossing and cleaning can prevent tooth decay and even keep your pet healthy.
The biggest challenge is to get your pets used to the cleaning process. If you have a cat, you can start by gently rubbing a cotton swab over your cat’s teeth and gums. In time, you can try to start using a cat toothbrush and a special toothpaste for cats.
If cats don’t take to having their teeth cleaned, check their teeth regularly and pay a visit to your local vet if you have any cause for concern.
With caring for dogs, it is usually easier to clean their teeth. The easiest time will be just after exercising or playing because they will generally sit still. Once again, you can get your dog used to the cleaning process by using a cotton swab before introducing a doggy toothbrush. Dogs usually love the taste of dog toothpaste, and so it shouldn’t be too difficult to clean their teeth a minimum of once a week.
Flossing may be more difficult. There are some chew toys on the market that claim to help floss dogs teeth to remove harmful plaque. Your local vet can also show you some of the best and easiest methods to floss and brush your dog’s teeth.
Keeping your dog and cat’s teeth healthy will not just save you a lot of money on vet bills, but you will keep your pet healthier.