Pet Dental Health
a message from Dr. Stevens
Our family has a poodle named Beatrice. As a puppy, she picked up a tooth brush and brought it to us to hold while she chewed on it. Since our other dogs had dental problems which can lead to heart problems, we were surprised and delighted to see doggie interest in dental health. It is important for dogs to have their teeth cleaned by your Veterinarian, smaller dogs more than larger dogs. Never use people tooth paste on dogs it has fluoride in it and dogs cannot tolerate it. They do make dog tooth paste beef flavor, my son accidentally used it one morning, and it was not a good experience. But the family still teases him about it. So follow our suggestions on pet health and the entire family can have healthy teeth. Cats will be the subject next month, look for a photo of Beatrice coming soon.
Dr. Stevens and Beatrice our poodle suggest taking a soft brush like an Oral B 40 and let the dog chew a bit on it while you hold the brush, then as the dog becomes familiar with the brush softly use the brush on the outside surface of the teeth upper and lower for as long as your pet will let you. Do it at least once a week so they begin to look forward to praise and even a treat after the brushing. This will improve their breath, and dental health.