At Feelgood Pets we are often faced with the popular question – Should I brush my pet’s teeth? The answer is most definitely yes! There are many benefits to regular pet oral care – some you already knew (like avoiding stinky breath, right?) and some you would be surprised to know! So read on and start today!
Reasons why you should take care of your pet’s teeth
- The most pleasant reason of all is that kisses from your pet with a pleasant smelling breath are much more welcomed! We recommend using a natural breath spray to cleanse and deodorize your pet’s breath. Our breath freshener with natural ingredients will also soothe minor gum irritations.
- Dental disease can lead to all sorts of serious vital organ related issues later in your pet’s life. These can include problems with the heart, liver and kidneys. This is because bacteria related to poor oral hygiene can do much more damage than you think – not only to the mouth, teeth and gums, but also to the health of internal organs!
- Just like us your pet also starts off with baby teeth, which do need to naturally fall out to make space for adult teeth. If these don’t fall out, gum irritation and tartar build up can set in, also affecting the health of the permanent teeth. You can now see how keeping your pet’s mouth hygienically clean can avoid all sorts of uncomfortable oral irritations!
- Every 4 out of 5 pets over the age of 3 years have some kind of oral issue. Fact! By looking after your pet’s teeth you can make their life a lot more pain free and pleasurable. After all delicious healthy pet meals and healthy pet treats are what make life so yummy and exciting!
How to brush your pet’s teeth
For most dogs and cats the experience can be quite daunting! However, as they get used to the idea, the art of brushing your furry friend’s teeth can become quite a fun and positive experience! The key here is the sooner you start the better. We recommend brushing your pet’s teeth at least 3 times a week. Imagine if you only brushed your teeth once a week?!
When you begin make sure your pet is calm and relaxed. It is also a good idea to have some healthy treats on hand and reward your pet for being such a good boy/girl! Remember this is a training process and just like a baby has to get used to the feeling of a toothbrush and toothpaste, so does your pet!
- Day 1 – Place a pea size amount of natural pet toothpaste (see recipe below) in your pet’s mouth and reward them right away with a healthy treat or toy. Allow your pet to get a very gentle feeling of the toothbrush in their mouth.
- Day 2 – Increase the time between the toothbrush and the reward. Try and get more action on the actual tooth brushing this time.
- Day 3 – Everyday should get easier and your pet should allow you more time to actually start to brush the outer surfaces of their teeth.
- Don’t give up! Some pets take a little longer than others to get used to this. Try and be as patient as you can. You are really adding to your pet’s overall health in the long run doing this. Good luck!
Recipe for natural pet’s toothpaste
The quantity of how much toothpaste you wish to make all depends on how many pets you have so adjust the measurements to suit your needs.
- Mix a teaspoon each of organic aluminium free baking soda (bicarb), non-irradiated turmeric powder, chopped parsley and virgin coconut oil in a glass jar. As you will be using a pea size amount for each pet, this mixture should last about a week and can be kept in the refrigerator.
- For best results we recommend brushing your pet’s teeth at least every second day with a finger toothbrush.
We hope we helped you understand just how important oral care is for your pet. For any questions and comments please do not hesitate to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We are always here to advise the best natural way for your pet to live a long and healthy life with you.