Thursday, September 15, 2011

Pet Dental Hygiene Tips From National Pet Pharmacy

Five Tips for Proper Pet Dental Hygiene celebrates Pet Smile Month with recommendations for keeping pets' teeth healthy and clean

September is Pet Smile Month, a time to remember the importance of proper pet dental hygiene. Studies reveal that 80% of dogs and 70% of cats show signs of oral disease by age three(1). In fact, oral disease is the number one health problem diagnosed in both dogs and cats. Dental health is about proper maintenance, yet few pet parents follow their veterinarian's instructions. has pulled together the following recommendations for keeping pets' teeth healthy and clean.

1. Give Them a Yearly Checkup

Unfortunately, dental checkups are something most people don't think about as part of the yearly trip to the veterinarian. But, just like people, pets suffer from dental issues that if left unchecked can lead to serious health problems.

2. Grab a Toothbrush

Believe it or not, you can brush your pet's teeth. However, according to a recent petMD poll, fewer than 4 in 10 pet parents ever pick up a toothbrush. Fortunately, it's not too late. There are a variety of toothbrushes and toothpastes specially made for pets. Dog toothpaste and cat toothpaste even come in flavors they'll enjoy. Do NOT, however, try to brush their teeth with "people" toothpaste; they could ingest it and become ill.

3. Stimulate Their Gums

Don't forget to massage their gums regularly. Not only will this promote healing should your pet have an oral malady, it will strengthen their gums and make them less susceptible to problems like gingivitis and tooth decay.

4. To Treat or Not to Treat?

Dental treats for dogs and cats are okay in moderation, but they're not sufficient to effectively clean your pet's teeth. If, however, you regularly clean their teeth, special pet supplements and treats are a good addition. Try giving your dog or cat a chew or treat as a reward for good behavior while getting them used to having their teeth cleaned.

5. Don't Wait Until It's Too Late

Tooth decay and gum disease have been linked to heart, kidney, and other serious chronic illnesses. Don't wait until your dog or cat shows signs of distress to have their teeth checked out; your pet won't show signs of discomfort until they're in considerable pain. Preventative care, annual checkups and a well-balanced diet can ensure your pet stays happy and healthy.

About is a fully licensed, full-service pet pharmacy offering a wide selection of pet meds, vitamins and comprehensive pet health and wellness products. was founded to provide pet parents an online pharmacy they can trust, selling only U.S. FDA/EPA-approved medications – the exact same medications dispensed from the vet office. is a subsidiary of the Pet360 family of brands, which also includes – the most complete pet food and supply retailer online, and – the world's leading online resource focused solely on the health and well-being of pets.



Anonymous said...

There's nothing worse than bad dog breath! Really would like to see people take better care of their pet's mouths, it can go a long way in the overall health of a pet.

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aliah said...

Dental disease is the one of the most common disease seen in dogs. dental care is a very important part of caring for your dogs.
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Behnam Aghabeigi said...

Bad breath is really a serious and common problem among many of people. Proper caring and consultation with dentist make our breath fresh and fine. Nice tips are shared in this post. Thanks for sharing it .

John Moran said...

This is really great information post . Dental health is just a part of our overall health and wellness, so think about taking care of your teeth on a daily basis.

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