The team at Basking Ridge Animal Hospital brushes their teeth every single day! We even go to the dentist for cleanings. We hope you’re doing the same. However, today we’re here to talk about your pet’s health. Both cats and dogs need to have their teeth cleaned, with dogs needing brushing every day if you can get into the right routine.

You brush your teeth every single day, and you know how important it is for your health. How often do you think about your pet’s dental health? Probably not enough. Dental disease can lead to serious health issues with your pet, including heart problems.

According to the American Veterinary Dental Society (AVDS), 4 out of 5 dogs over the age of 3 have some sort of periodontal disease, leading to extra care and big bills, more than enough of a reason to start focusing on their dental health today.

We’re asked often, “how many times a day should I brush my dog’s teeth?” The answer is daily. It’s best to get yourself and your pets into a routine that allows you to keep their mouths fresh. Be sure to get enzymatic toothpaste for pets and do not use human toothpaste as it could be harmful to them.

When it comes to getting a cleaning from your vet, frequency depends on the amount of plaque that has built up on your pet’s teeth – be sure to check often and look for yellow or brown buildup on the gum line. Once you see it, it’s time for a cleaning.

If you neglect your pet’s dental care, they can indeed develop periodontal disease, which can get expensive to treat and cause other more serious health issues with your pet.

Now that you’re all caught up, be sure to start brushing your pet’s teeth today! If you have any questions, please be sure to contact our team. We’re proud to offer full dental services to our furry patients, you’ll still need to see your human dentist.