Keep your cat or dog happy and healthy and your vet bills low by learning how to take care of your pet’s teeth. Find out everything you need to know with our handy guide.
A good dental care routine is essential if you want to avoid expensive visits to the vet. Some treatments may be covered by your pet insurance but others may not, so be sure to check your policy for more information.
The earlier you start brushing your dog’s teeth, the easier it’ll be to establish a routine. If you’re just starting out, try some of our suggestions below.
Ideally you should clean your dog’s teeth every day but if you’re struggling, aim for at least 3 to 4 times a week.
Another little help: Chew toys and dental sticks (which are designed to remove plaque), are another great way to clean and protect your pet’s teeth. It might also be worth speaking to your vet about oral hygiene gels that can help prevent nasty build-ups.
Persuading your cat or kitten to have their teeth cleaned can be tricky but patience, persistence and lots of praise can help. Stay calm, avoid making the experience stressful and reward your cat with treats after every session - you’ll soon be on your way to a better dental care routine.
Aim to clean your cat’s teeth once a day or, if that’s a struggle, three times a week at least.
Another little help: If your cat really hates having their teeth brushed, ask your vet about oral hygiene gels designed to prevent plaque build-up. You can also buy cat dental chews designed to scrape teeth clean.
Keep an eye out for these warning signs as part of your normal grooming routine.
Don’t put off visiting a vet if you’re worried. Some dental treatments may be covered by your pet insurance but others may not, so be sure to check your policy for more detailed information.
Want to know more? Find out about the dental treatments covered by our pet insurance.
If you have a feeling something’s not right with your pet’s teeth or gums, you should make an appointment with your vet as soon as possible. Alternatively, you could check out a pet dentist who specialises in animal dentistry.
Got pet insurance? Check your policy to see which treatments are covered.
If you’re wondering what kind of dental care cover might be available for your pet, our pet insurance comparison page might be handy.
Helping your cat or dog look after their teeth will make them healthier, happier and less likely to floor you with their stinky breath. We hope our tips will help you embrace good pet dental care together.
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