5 ways to maintain dental health - from tasty treats to a dog toothbrush!
1. Regular dental checks at the veterinarian
2. Scale & Polish treatments
3. Brushing (that’s right- a dog toothbrush!)
Regular Dental Checks
Regular dental checks at the vet will ensure that any concerns can be quickly identified and addressed before they develop into something more smelly, serious- and often painful!
We offer free dental checks, and recommend these be performed every 6 months. During these checks our friendly nursing team will show you how to grade your pet’s teeth, and also how to care for your pet’s teeth at home
Scale & Polish
A dental check may discover that those pearly whites show tartar build up, and are in need of a scale and polish. This treatment is often necessary in order to bring your pet’s mouth up to a point where home-care is possible and effective.
No dog toothbrush (even the cutest one!) is going to be able to remove the tartar, and so a professional scale and polish at the practice is the only answer!
Please don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any questions or queries about dental treatments available, we are here for you and your pet. We also now offer flexible payment plan services designed to make vet care stress free.
To maintain a healthy clean mouth after a scale and polish, your dog will benefit from a dog toothbrush. We brush our teeth daily, and ideally our pet’s teeth should get the same treatment!
Dog tooth brushing at home ideally needs to be introduced from a young age, so your pet can be trained and become comfortable with the routine.
A dog toothbrush can come in many different shapes, sizes and colours, and we can help you select the best type for your pet, and show you how to use it. Additionally, you will receive a dental kit from the practice.
A pet dental kit generally includes:
- Micro-fibre finger cloth (to start)
- Dog toothpaste
- Double headed toothbrush or a finger brush
Below are some useful tooth brushing tips!
- Familiarise your dog with the dog toothbrush by dipping it in tuna juice or water
- Try brushing one or two strokes on a few front teeth to start
- When it comes to introducing toothpaste allow your pet to taste the toothpaste on the brush before proceeding to brush
- The first few brushes should be short (no more than a minute!)
We are here to support you and help ensure introducing a new dental regime is as easy as possible. If your pet is mature aged, and you are not sure how to introduce brushing, if at all, please do not hesitate to contact us for advice.
Diet is key when it comes to maintaining strong, healthy teeth. During your pet’s free dental check we will discuss diet options with you. This could include introducing a dental specific dry food, such as the Royal Canin Dental range.
Specially formulated food is created so that the kibble (size, shape, texture) effectively has a “brushing” effect on the teeth- helping to remove plaque. Key ingredients also work to reduce plaque deposits, and assist joint health and digestion.
Dental chews, such as Greenies Dental Treats or Oravet, are a great option for pets. They are basically healthy rewards that can assist to improve oral health.
They assist to:
- Clean teeth by using the chewing motion to wipe away plaque
- Freshen breath
- Maintain healthier gums
Greenies are also low in fat, and a nutritionally complete treat that will keep your dog entertained and stimulated.
If you have any additional queries about pet dental health or questions about our dental services- please do not hesitate to contact us. We are here for you and your pet.
Serving the pet community of the Alpine Shire Council. The purrfect location for farmers and pet parents living in Myrtleford, Kiewa Valley, Ovens Valley and surrounding areas!