Do you want your pet to live an additional 2 to 5 years? Who wouldn’t? Where is this mysterious fountain of youth? It’s in your pet’s mouth! That’s right, good dental care for our cats and dogs can play a huge role in their overall health and longevity. Sounds boring or too hard to do? This sort of care is not for everyone, but caring for your pet’s dental health can be easy and fun and help to strengthen the bond with your furry friend.

Your special friend may already have a significant tartar build up, and if so, and will need a visit to the veterinarian to have the tartar removed by a professional dental cleaning because there is no good way to do that at home. After a dental cleaning, brushing their teeth once a day is the gold standard for dental care. However, even brushing three times a week is helpful. Dental treats, toys and water additives are not very effective in preventing tartar build up and gingivitis.

Make an appointment with your vet to get an oral exam and to schedule a dental cleaning. While you’re waiting, you can get started on exercises to get your pet ready for brushing! The staff at Lake Road Animal Hospital take dental care very seriously. Check out these videos and ask us about all the services that your pet will receive when they come in for a dental procedure!

How to Brush your Dog’s Teeth at Home
Teach Your Dog to Feel Comfortable Getting their Teeth Brushed