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DIY: How To Brush Your Cats Teeth

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cat teeth cleaning albuquerqueDental health is not just for dogs! Your cat’s need to have their teeth cleaned as well. The problem is that brushing cat’s teeth is notoriously difficult. So how can you get those feline teeth clean?

Start Early

Get your cat used to you cleaning their teeth early in life. If you can start cleaning their teeth as kittens, they will get used to it and be easy to clean as adults.

Play with their Mouth

Cat’s typically don’t like to have their mouth messed with. To be able to brush their teeth you need to get them used to you messing with their mouth. Start by lifting your cats lips, and exposing their teeth, for short periods of time every day. The more you do this, the more they will get use to it. Once they stop struggling with you lifting their gums, start touching their teeth with your fingers so they get use to the feeling of you touching their teeth and gums. Always reward them with a little treat after playing with their mouth.

What do I use to brush my cat’s teeth?

You can get specialty cat toothbrushes with soft bristles. If you do not have one of those, use a soft kids toothbrush, wrap gauze around your finger, use a finger toothbrush, or a cotton swab. You want to make sure you are able to reach all their teeth comfortably. Do I need to use a special toothpaste to brush my cat’s teeth? Yes!

Pet toothpaste, often flavored like poultry, malt, and other dog-friendly varieties are your best option. Never use human toothpaste, baking soda or salt. While safe for you, these cleaning agents can be harmful to your cat if swallowed. Be careful of homemade dog toothpaste recipes. Most of them contain baking soda which can lead to stomach upset for your cat. If you are interested in making your own, here is a baking soda free homemade toothpaste recipe care of k9Instincts.com

Homemade Cat Toothpaste Recipe:

  • 1 cup of unrefined, virgin coconut oil.
  • 1/2 teaspoon of turmeric.
  • 1/2 teaspoon of kelp.
  • 1/8th tablespoon of dried parsley flakes.
  1. Place one cup of coconut oil in a hot water bath to make it soft and pliable. (Unless it already is!)
  2. Add the turmeric, kelp and parsley flakes.
  3. Mix thoroughly, store in the fridge between uses.

Pet toothpaste, often flavored like poultry, malt, and other feline-friendly varieties are your best option. Never use human toothpaste, baking soda or salt. While safe for pet owners themselves, these cleaning agents can be harmful to your cat if swallowed.

How to Clean Your Cat’s Teeth

  1. Find a comfortable place for your cat to sit during the tooth brushing.
  2. Let them try the toothpaste before trying to brush their teeth.
  3. Lift their lips to expose their teeth.
  4. Brush with a gentle motion to clean the teeth and gums, as you would with your own teeth. If they are having dental issues such as gum disease, their gums might be sensitive. If the brushing seems to be causing pain, try brushing lighter. Cleaning will often help with gum sensitivity by removing plaque and helping with gum disease.
  5. Clean everything that is visible, from their cheeks to gums, to teeth. Your cat will not likely allow you to clean the inside of their teeth.
  6. Clean their back molars. This tends to be where they have the most amount of tartar build up.

It is best to brush your cat’s teeth at least once a week. Frequent cleanings will help with maintaining good dental health.  We recommend having your cats teeth professionally cleaned by your Albuquerque dentist once a year. Just like you, your cat needs to have their dental health evaluated and have a good thorough cleaning. Proper dental health can help your cat live longer and stave off life-threatening illness such as organ failure and heart disease.

Make sure you bring your cat into Vetco on Menaul for their annual dental cleaning and take advantage of our coupon to save $15 off your cat’s dental cleaning.


Is Coconut Oil Good for Cats?

We love coconut oil. I use it in my food, on my skin, and on my hair. When I have some on my hands, I will pet my cat and rub some on her coat. But should I be doing that? Is coconut oil good for cats? The simple answer is yes.

Coconut oil is a great naturopathic way to help with allergies, dry skin, itchiness, inflammation, digestion, arthritis, bad breath, and a healthy coat.

You can give your cats small amounts of coconut oil, 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon daily in their food. If your cat is small you may want to start with 1/8. In general it is better to start with a smaller amount and work up to see how they react to it. Having too much can cause diarrhea and your cat wont thank you for that.

Most cats have no problem eating coconut oil as they like the taste. If she won’t just eat it, try mixing it with her food. Coconut oil is solid in cooler temperatures but melts very quickly. You can easily melt it and pour it over their food.

You can also apply it topically by rubbing it on their skin and coat. Don’t use too much because your cat will likely embark on a big bath after you rub the coconut oil all over them and you don’t want to give them diarrhea.

If you notice weight gain after giving them coconut oil you may want to adjust their diet. It is high in calories. Before starting any supplement you should consult with your veterinarian to make sure that they have no underlying conditions that may be irritated by the coconut oil.



Time To Spay and Neuter Albuquerque!

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low cost spay neuter albuquerqueAlbuquerque has a huge wild pet population. This is primarily due to pets not being spayed and neutered and being abandoned. Bob Barker had it right when he told everyone on The Price is Right to spay and neuter your pets. It is better for your pet and better for the animal community. Unless you are a breeder, you do not need to keep your pet unaltered. If you are thinking of having puppies, why not consider adopting someone else’s? It is best to get your pet altered by about 6 months old. If you are unsure about the age of your pet or when is the best time for spay or neuter, please call Vetco and we can help you.

Spay male puppies can help with problems like: mounting, marking their territory, dominance, aggression, and roaming.

Did you know that allowing your puppy to go into heat for even one cycle increases their risk of breast cancer from 0 to 8%, and if they go into their second cycle it is increased to 25%. Neutering your female puppy can literally save their life.

Altering your pet (in other words getting them spayed or neutered, or “fixed”) does not cause weight gain. This is a common myth. It reduces their metabolism by 30%, so this needs to be taken into consideration when determining their diet.

Altering your pets will not cause them to have a different personality. Your pets personality is not determined by their sex hormones. It is determined by their genetics and environment. However, altering your dog can positively affect some behavior and dogs can be more affectionate an less likely to run away, bite, or be aggressive.

The biggest deterrent to spaying and neutering pets is cost. Vetco in Albuquerque prides ourself on having low cost spay and neuters. You can even get some extra savings by checking out our promotions where we often offer added discounts on surgery.

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