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Pet Pause: Dental health and Dogs


by Natalie Sparacio & Dolores Glytas

WAKE UP WISCONSIN (WAOW)--  Dental health is important for pets. Here are

Pet Tooth Care

 Q.  Why should we be so concerned about our pet's teeth?

 A.  Just as with humans bad teeth and gums affect the whole body's health. A build up of tartar can lead to progressive health problems such as  gum infections, tooth loss, heart disease and possible starvation.

Q.  What should one do for their pets?

A.  Start dental care as early as possible. Get your pet used to you cleaning their teeth and doing this often. Cleaning is done by pet tooth paste and brush.  Cleaning also done by wrapping dampened gauze around finger and gently rubbing their teeth. Yearly check up and possible cleaning by Vet.

Q.  Does diet affect their teeth? If so what should be done?

A.  Too much soft food leads to a build up of tartar. Good balance of dry kibble helps to keep the tartar build up at bay.  Very hard dental bones for dogs really helps with this also.  Cat treats specifically made to help prevent build up also.

Online Reporter: Natalie Sparacio 


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