When New Year’s comes, it is that time of the year to start thinking about what you want to change, do better in, be healthier about, etc., to make the new upcoming year better than the last. It’s that time to start making New Year’s resolutions.
How about some for your pet? What could make his or her life better, more fun and healthier next year?
These next few blogs will give some short examples or ideas of New Year’s resolutions you could help your pet make.
Firstly, let’s talk about teeth cleaning. We call them “dentals” at the hospital because sometimes it’s necessary to do more than just clean the teeth. As an example, if a dog’s mouth is very infected and teeth need to be removed, the vet will do just that so the infections do not spread.
Dental disease is very common in both dogs and cats. It’s very important to give your pet good dental hygiene to prevent dental related diseases. It will save you both money and heartache later on down the road if you do.
The good ‘ol fashioned way to routinely give good care to your pet is to brush their teeth. It may be a struggle at first, but he or she will get used to it if it’s kept up. Be sure to use proper toothpaste labeled specifically for dogs or cats. You can also find pet-friendly toothbrushes to make your job a little easier.
Additionally, look into getting your dog or cat a dental cleaning at the pet hospital this year. It’s recommended that you do this at least once a year or every 6 months. This does depend on how healthy your pet’s mouth is, so our vets will be able to tell you a schedule for your pet. Here is the page for our dental discount: Click here. The importance of this is that it’s a deeper and more thorough cleaning than just regular brushing (same concept for us going to the dentist).
Happy New Year!