One of the best ways to save money on veterinary bills is to have good dental health. Your pet’s teeth are the gateway to their overall health and life longevity. Healthy teeth often means a healthy pet.

As a pet owner, you are careful to keep vaccinations up to date, provide a good diet, and smother them in love, but forgetting the importance of basic oral health can not only be a big mistake, it can also prove to be a costly one. Caring for your pets teeth goes beyond just a great smile and fresh breath, good dental care at home can reduce the need for expensive professional teeth cleanings, and help avoid the sometimes heartbreaking and often costly veterinary visits caused by complications due to poor oral health..

Brush Their Teeth

Periodontal disease is one of the most common health problems veterinarians encounter in adult cats and dogs, by the age of three most cats and dogs are already starting to show some signs of gum disease.  Daily brushing of your pet’s teeth will help remove the plaque and tartar build up, which if left untreated, can lead to gum disease, oral abscesses, and tooth loss. If bacteria are allowed to gain entry into the bloodstream through diseased gums, it can lead to damage of the liver, kidney and heart.

Chew Toys

In between brushings, a quality chew toy can further help prevent tartar buildup. Chew toys can help slow the progression of periodontal disease through their abrasive action, as the dog chews, the toy helps to scrape and scrub away soft tartar build up and massage the gums, so a dog who is encouraged to actively chew will have less tartar build up on their teeth. Look for things such as hard toys, rawhide chews, and specially made dental chews, bones, and treats.

Dental Diets

Dental specific diets can also be provided to your dog or cat, as part of their daily meal or as a treat. Dental diets work by employing either a chemical anti-tartar ingredient or a specific kibble design that, much like the chew toys, scrape away tartar build up as it’s eaten.

So clearly, an ounce of prevention is worth more than a pound of cure.  Spending a little time and money up front on establishing a healthy routine for your pet’s teeth can not only lead to savings on costly intensive medical care in the future, but also helps provide a longer, happier life for your pet.

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