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What you can do to ensure your pet has a healthy mouth?

The key to the management of gum disease and maintaining a healthy mouth (for humans or pets!) is the daily removal of dental plaque.

This is most effectively achieved by brushing (with pet toothpaste and soft toothbrush). If your pet is taught from a young age that brushing is a positive human-pet interaction,  then this can become an easy part of your daily pet care routine.

Not all pets, especially older ones or ones with existing dental disease and pain will tolerate brushing but there are still measures you can take to decrease dental plaque and tartar build-up. These include oral rinses/gels, special dental care diets, steering away from too much wet/sticky food, water additives, and ensuring that your pet has an oral health exam at least once a year by your veterinarian.

Many pets, especially ones whose teeth are not able to be brushed daily will require an annual dental scale and polish to maintain a good healthy mouth

At North Canterbury vets we have a number of options to manage your pet's dental health. These include all the options listed above as well as Free Nurse Dental Consults where they can check 6your pets' teeth and ensure everything is looking healthy.


P.S. For the month of February everyone who attends a Free Nurse Dental Consult at one of our clinics will go in the draw to win a Dental Care pack thanks to Virbac. There are 5 to be won in total!

About the author

North Canterbury Vets are a mixed practice which deals with dairy cows, beef, sheep, deer, horses and alpacas as well as companion animals. Our team has an ethical focus to assist in developing and growing our clients' businesses and providing quality health care to ensure that their livestock and pets live healthy and productive lives.

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