I have a short-haired exotic cat named Petal. She is lovely-natured and a very relaxed cat. She comes into the clinic once a year for a routine teeth clean but I must admit I can sometimes struggle with her vet-recommended home care routine. The gold standard in dental homecare is regularly brushing your pet’s teeth. BUT as you might find, brushing your pet’s teeth can be quite difficult. There are days where it can be a little tricky to keep her mouth open and sometimes she looks at the toothbrush with those eyes and I can just imagine her saying “mum get that toothbrush thing away from me!” BUT after consistency, routine, treats and cuddles we manage to brush the teeth. I often find that if you start with short sessions and not to push them if they start to become stressed, then it can help to establish a good relationship when it comes to brushing.
Apart from brushing her teeth, her next dental homecare measure is having a Greenies dental treat. Greenies helps to control the plaque and tartar build up and maintains fresh breath! Because let’s face it, smelly pet breath is NOT good. It is also a sign of dental disease that should not be ignored.
Have you tried brushing your pet’s teeth and have troubles? We have a great page dedicated to brushing your pet’s teeth, and steps to take to make it an enjoyable/non stressful experience for both of you! You can head over to our page titled Teeth Brushing Guide and can easily download the file and save to your phone. It’s a handy little piece of information to have with you! As always, if are more than welcome to book in an appointment for a dental check and we can go through the cleaning process with you.
Written by Angela Abela