Your dogs and cats teeth should be checked once a year by your vet.
Brushing your pet's teeth on daily basis can keep their teeth healthy between dental visits. It can eliminate the need for dental cleaning. If you see any of these signs you might have to see your vet sooner: Broken or loose teeth, bleeding gums, lack of appetite, bad breath, abnormal drooling, brown or discolored teeth, extra teeth or retained baby teeth.
Periodontal disease is caused by bacteria in dental plaque. Bacteria causes inflammation of the gums.
Gingivitis: the gums become red swollen and can bleed easily. A mild gingivitis can be reversed with daily brushing.
Only use a pet teeth brush. At first, you might want to use the rubber finger toothbrush that fits over your finger until your pet gets used to you brushing its teeth. The toothbrush is better for plaque removal.
Only use pet toothpaste, usually, the pets like the one that comes in flavors. Try different flavors until you find the one that your pet likes. Let the pet smell it first and taste it.
Put the leash on your dog this will help to control your dog and keep it from escaping.
You should be more concerned with the outside like the large fangs, the front of the mouth, the teeth and gum line. The tongue does a good job with inside area of the mouth.
Keep the tooth brushing sessions short with lots of praise and affection.
Some cats do not like to drink from the water bowl and prefer to dip their paws in the water and lick their paws.
Other cats prefer running water from the kitchen sink, bathtub, dripping faucet in the bathroom.
The cat will come running when it hears running water.
Cats don't like pressure on their whiskers when they eat or drink, it's called whisker stress.
Be sure you use filtered water to remove contaminants in the water, like arsenic, lead, chlorine, and bacteria.
To some cats, it is appealing to drink water from the toilet instead of their bowl because the water
temperature is cooler in the toilet.
Caution! Do not let the cat drink from the toilet bowl. The chemicals and bacteria can make a cat sick.
Kittens will begin to drink water around 3-4 weeks of age. Use a shallow water dish.
Dogs and cats symptoms of skin and ear disease are readily apparent. It is very difficult to watch a pet scratch, chew or shake.
Many diseases affecting the skin and ears are controllable but not curable.
Nutrition: The Quality of dog or cat food. You can read more on dog and cat food protein and overall pet nutrition.
Environmental: Some dogs are very sensitive to simple lawn grasses.
Parasitic: Some dogs or cats are very sensitive to parasitic in the lawn or carpet.
Allergies: Hot spots can develop on dogs and cats.
Infections: Bacterial infections, if left untreated these infections can lead to more severe health complications.
It is best to see a veterinary dermatologists at www.acvd.org. to have the pet evaluated and ask the vet for advice regarding shampoos and ear cleaners.
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