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Teeth Cleaning Tips for Pets

Cat teeth cleaningOral hygiene is essential not only for pet owners but also for their furry companions. Fluffy and Fido need good oral hygiene for eating as well as to avoid stinky breath. Regular teeth cleaning helps Fido and Fluffy avoid severe health conditions such as:

  • Heart muscle damage
  • Liver issues
  • Kidney issues
  • Periodontal disease

Incorporating good dental care at home can be done with only a few minutes each week. 

Dog Teeth Cleaning

Eighty percent of dogs will show signs of periodontal disease. These signs can show as early as age three in little Fido. Tarter and plaque build-up on a dog’s teeth causes periodontal disease. This build-up can lead to gum infections, loss of teeth, and bone loss. In addition to regular vet checkups, pet owners should take the time for at-home oral care for their canine companions.

To help our fellow dog owners, we’ve compiled a list of things one can do to help prevent periodontal disease (gum disease) in their beloved dog(s).

  • Dental chews
  • Chew toys
  • Dental sprays
  • Tasty dog toothpaste
  • Clean water and food bowls

Giving Fido dental chews and chew toys will help remove tartar and plaque that may build up over time. Dental sprays, like dental chews, can help get rid of stinky dog breath and kill bacteria-causing plaque. Since human toothpaste includes fluoride and other toxic ingredients to little Fido, use toothpaste specifically designed for canines. Lastly, clean Fido’s water and food dishes at least three times a week to kill any bacteria living or growing on the bowls that could lead to stinky breath or periodontal disease.

Cat Teeth Cleaning

Cats, like dogs, need regular dental cleaning to remove the tartar and plaque and keep their breath fresh. Here are some helpful tips for oral hygiene for fluffy:

  • Use nutritious food
  • Start an oral hygiene routine as a kitten
  • Use toothpaste for pets

A good diet is essential for Fluffy’s dental hygiene. Without proper nutrition, Fluffy might be more susceptible to gum disease. Start a dental routine as soon as possible after bringing home Fluffy. The sooner Fluffy gets used to the teeth cleaning routine; the easier and quicker the cleaning will happen. In addition, do not use human toothpaste as ingredients are toxic for cats. Moreover, baking soda should not be used as a toothpaste substitute due to its high alkaline content.

Pet Services in Chicagoland

While we don’t offer dental cleaning for Fluffy or Fido, we raise the woof with our cat sitting and dog services. Give us a call at (847) 212-5616 with any questions about our dog walking or other services. We are also available through email at or fill out our contact form.

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