Happy Teeth, Happy Smile, Healthy Pets!

Happy Teeth, Happy Smile, Healthy Pets!

We, as humans, brush our teeth every day, use mouth wash; it is just a part of our routine. But for our beloved pets, unfortunately, we do not consider that looking after their teeth is just as important as looking after our own.

Our pets can have pretty bad breath at times; many people will believe that this will mainly be down to the food that they eat. This is true, but more often than not, bad breath is caused by dental or gum disease due to the build up of plaque in the mouths of our pets.

So, as February is pet dental hygiene month, we thought we would help our customers out in keeping their pets teeth nice and healthy. So here at Black Cat Medicines, we are offering every customer who purchases a Kong puppy toy a free logic gel sachet. Logic Oral Hygiene helps to prevent the formation of dental plaque and fight bad breath.

Firstly, plaque is bacteria that sticks to our teeth, gums and tongue. It produces acids and other toxins that attack gums resulting in dental problems such as bad breath, gum inflammation and tartar. This is why it is important to remove plaque from your pet’s teeth regularly.

You may have heard that dry dog food cleans your dogs teeth... it does and it doesn’t. It can remove some of the plaque near the top of your dog's teeth. But it is almost ineffective when it comes to cleaning near the gum line. This is where plaque and tartar causes it’s most harm! The only real way to improve your pet’s dental health is through regular brushing. It is better to begin brushing when your pet is 6-8 weeks old. However, it is never too late to start. Ideally Logic Oral Hygiene Gel should be used with regular brushing. However it will still be beneficial if your pet refuses a full dental regime. If this is the case, the gel can be applied to your pet’s paw so they will lick it off or you can directly insert the gel into their mouth.

*** Do NOT use regular human toothpaste for your pet. Most human toothpastes contain fluoride, which is extremely poisonous to your pets! We provide Virbac toothpaste kits for Cats and Dogs on our website! ***

It is all well and good knowing what you need to do to improve your pet’s health, brushing their teeth and applying Logic Oral Hygiene Gel, but having them sit still and accepting the dental care can be a challenge.

If you follow these steps, you can start to make your pet enjoy regular brushing:

1. To start, gently place your finger near and around your pet’s mouth. Allow some time to get comfortable with your hand being around their mouth and reward good behaviour with a small treat. Slowly start to move inside of their mouth they will start to feel more comfortable as you continue doing this.

2. Let your pet lick a small amount of toothpaste off your finger, this will help your pet adapt to the taste, making it more likely accept the toothpaste.

3. Show your pet their toothbrush, this allows time to inspect the brush before putting it in its mouth. A good idea would be to allow your pet to lick some toothpaste off the brush. Ensure you praise them for this, so they know they are being well behaved.

4. After your pet is comfortable with the toothbrush, you can start to gently scrub a small section of their mouth at a time to get them familiar with the feel and motion. You can, of course reward them with lots of praise, make sure you let them know they are behaving and doing a good thing.

5. When brushing your pet’s teeth, you must ensure that you clean all five surfaces of each tooth. We would advise you gently use a circular motion to clean the whole tooth, please give your attention to where the gum and the teeth meet, this is important.

6. Finally, make sure you stick to a routine. The more often you brush your pet's teeth, the more they will begin to get familiar with your hands in and around its mouth. This will make brushing easier over time.

If you follow this step by step method, it will allow your pets to get excited about a regular brushing routine. Of course, this will be tough to get started, but this simple routine will help reduce the risk of having dental infections and oral health problems in later life.

A simple brushing routine will go a long way to improve your pet’s health and of course reduce that vet bill. You never know, one day you may catch your pet brushing their teeth themselves...

So now, you and your pet will have fresh breath!