If you were able to attend our dental care workshop: Preventing canine and feline dental disease, you heard Dr. Andrea Putt, of Commerce Village Veterinary Hospital, talk about the importance of BRUSHING your dog’s or cat’s teeth. Dr. Putt stressed the importance of DAILY brushing. She also said that it’s not so much what is on the brush that matters– but the act of BRUSHING itself — that is most beneficial to your pet. So if your pet loves delicious cat or dog food, peanut butter, soft cheese spread – or flavored pet toothpaste – BRUSH AWAY with any of them! (Just NEVER use human toothpaste!) Dr. Putt even mentioned that she sees one pet owner who flosses her Yorkie’s teeth!
Yorkie’s – as well as other small dogs – are way more prone to dental disease than mid-size and most big dogs, Dr. Putt said. Also prone to dental problems are dogs with fine, narrow noses – such as Greyhounds and Collies.
Brushing can save money on your dog’s or cat’s dental care and also goes a long way to helping your pet maintain a healthy mouth and teeth.
Read more below about how to brush your pet’s teeth. Just a few minutes each day can make a huge difference!
Click here for a printable version.
Just like with dogs, there are some good products out there to help reduce plaque and tarter on cats’ teeth. They include dental sprays and gels, chews and treats, and toothpaste for brushing. Click here for some of my favorites and a shopping list for your pet.
And just like I’ve pointed out for dogs, these products do NOT replace the need for regular veterinary exams. Cats, like dogs, can get:
- Broken and loose teeth
- Gum disease
- Oral and facial cancers
- Root problems (why your pet needs dental x-rays!)
In addition, cats can get a SEVERELY PAINFUL dental problem called RESORPTIVE LESIONS. These lesions often appear as red dots on the tooth and they can eat away at the rest of the tooth and root. Teeth with the lesions are often very weak and prone to break. Cats with resorptive lesions often have a difficult time eating and will drool or their mouth will “chatter” due to the pain.
So regular dental care for your cat is particularly important. To me, the best thing about oral care products is that they get pet owners to be more observant and take a better look at your pet’s mouth.
So while you are brushing your cat’s teeth – or wiping on that gel, be sure you to take a look at your cat’s mouth. If you spot redness or something that doesn’t look right, contact your vet.
This morning, Dr. Andrea Putt, of Commerce Village Veterinary Hospital, and I went on Fox 2 / Detroit to talk about the importance of canine and feline dental care.
This is also the topic of our workshop coming up on Thursday, Feb. 18, 2016. THERE IS
STILL TIME TO REGISTER – CLICK HERE!
Here is a link to the video on the Fox 2 website: http://www.fox2detroit.com/good-day/93121133-video
Here we are in the Fox 2 “ green room” waiting to go on live TV. This is me with Niko. We are going to show viewers what the symptoms of dental disease look like in a cat.
Niko, who was recently adopted at age 13, is showing signsof dental disease and will be going in for a dental cleaning soon.
The dog in the picture is Esthme along with her person, Beth. Esthme was on camera having her teeth brushed by Dr. Putt.
Imagine if you never saw the dentist! Getting TEETH AND GUMS checked and cleaned is just as important as any other type of exam for your dog or cat. In fact, in some ways it may be more important since a LACK of good dental care can lead to serious illness – such as heart and kidney disease and more.
Join us on February 18 for our Pawsitively Healthy workshop Preventing Canine & Feline Dental Disease. Andrea Putt, DVM, of Commerce Village Veterinary Hospital will share her perspectives on this important topic including helpful tips on what you can DO AT HOME to help prevent dental disease. Click here to register.
Brushing your pet’s teeth, proper nutrition and regular veterinary check-ups are all things you can do to make sure your dog or cat has good oral health. Dr. Putt will share with you her thoughts on which products do the best job and how you can provide dental care at home to even the most temperamental pets.