Oral health is as important for your dog as it is for yourself. Most pet owners do not understand the necessity that oral hygiene can play for your pet’s health. Research shows that up to 80 per cent of dogs develop dental disease within three years of life because of the lack of oral care. Your local Rockford-area Petsmart or Petco as listed below or one closest to your home can help you with all your pet oral care needs. They can also advise you on proper teeth brushing procedures.
You can reduce your pet’s chances of oral disease by putting into place a healthy oral-care regimen early in the pup’s life. Implementing a daily tooth brushing routine is the best scenario but usually not the most carried out plan with most pet owners. But the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) would rather see some type of oral hygiene put into place rather than ignoring the health of your dog’s teeth and gums.
Although it is a good start in the right direction, brushing your dog’s teeth will not prevent bad breath. There could be many other problems persisting in that mouth of your pet, from built up bacteria, plaque, tartar and more. Such problems can lead to periodontal disease. As a result, the bad breath is disturbing, along with possible tooth loss, gum disease and oral pain. Without proper oral hygiene, the condition can worsen to affect the heart, liver and kidneys.
Begin brushing your dog’s teeth (or cat) as soon as you bring that pet into your home; the younger the better. Starting at an early age makes it an easier process for your pet in the long run. Your veterinarian, groomer or staff at your larger pet supply stores can show you the proper way to brush your pet’s teeth. As stated, it is best to do it daily, just as you do for yourself, but it is probably an unrealistic chore to you. Brushing the teeth weekly and on a regular basis can help to ward off oral diseases.
The process should always begin by slowly introducing the toothpaste and the brush independently so the pet learns to love the taste and feel. Never use human toothpaste and use a small enough brush that fits in your dog’s mouth comfortably. Once past the strangeness and fears, put the two together and brush a little at a time. Even if you can’t accomplish brushing all the teeth the first time, do what you can and try again next time. Reward your pet each time to let him know it is a job well done and you will be more successful each attempt at brushing.
In between brushing the teeth, provide your pet with dental chew toys, bones and treats that freshens the breath and removes unnecessary plaque. Feed your dog good, nutritional dry dog food which is healthier for the teeth and gums as well. There are many things you can do to reduce plaque, tartar and periodontal disease. Good oral hygiene can literally mean life and death for your precious pup.
For all your pets needs and accessories in the Rockford area, go to your local PETCO - 6305 East State Street, Rockford, IL 61108, (815) 229-0184 - Petco or your local PETSMART - 6320 East State Street, Rockford, IL 61108, (815) 397-7880 - Petsmart -Petland, (815) 332-4200 - Petland
For many of your pet essentials, visit your local Rockford-area CVS pharmacies. There are four convenient locations - 3134 11th Street, Rockford, IL 61109, (815)398-0048 - 110 S Alpine Rd, Rockford, IL 61108 - 3718 Main Street, Rockford, IL 61103, (815)877-9620 - 2454 S. Alpine Rd., Rockford, IL 61108, (815)399-5421 - CVS Pharmacy
If you are looking for wholesome, natural and homemade treats for your favorite canine best friend, Led foot’s Pet Bakery near the Rockford area is happy to meet your needs. Check out the website at Ledfoot Bakery. Contact Susan Weitzel at 815 784-6358, Ledfoot Bakery Contact.
If you are seeking Veterinary assistance in the Rockford area, you can check out one of these at - Rockford Vet Clinics, Bellwood Vet, Rockford Veterinarians, Perryville Veterinarian , Cat Veterinarians Specialists
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