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3 Pet Dental Care Tips

Your pet’s bad breath may be more than just an annoyance, warns Alexander Reiter, DVM, of the American Veterinary Dental College. “Ninety-five percent of the time, a dog’s or cat’s bad breath is due to periodontal disease.” The condition can lead to tooth loss and has been linked to many diseases.

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Worried about your pet’s breath? Here are three tips to help maintain your cat or dog’s oral heath.

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1. Ensure Your Pet Receives the Proper Treatment

Treats and rinses in pet stores that claim to help bad breath seldom do. They just mask the symptoms. If your groomer offers dental services, make sure he uses a brush, not a sharp tool, to clean teeth. Only a vet should do dental surgery.

 

 

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2. See Your Vet

He may recommend a cleaning, under general anesthesia, to remove tartar and plaque, and repair teeth.

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3. Get Out the Brush

Yes, you really need to brush your dog’s or cat’s teeth. Your vet can show you how. Don’t use human toothpaste with baking soda or fluoride as swallowing these ingredients may be harmful.

 

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