When it comes to choosing dental products for your pet, it is essential that you get it right. Choosing the wrong products, or using them incorrectly, could cause more harm than good.
To help you provide the best possible dental care for your pet, here is our guide to the most frequently asked questions surrounding pet dental products.
Can I use a human toothbrush on my pet?
It doesn’t matter whether you opt for a human or pet toothbrush so long as you pick one that has a small head and soft bristles. A small head allows you to maneuver the brush around and access as many of the teeth as possible, while soft bristles clean away bacteria and debris without causing damage.
Can I use an electric toothbrush on my pet?
There is no reason why you can’t use an electric toothbrush on your pet, but if your furbaby is new to brushing, it may be best to get him used to a regular toothbrush first. Some animals find that the noise from an electric toothbrush is disconcerting.
Can I use human toothpaste on my pet?
Human toothpaste can be toxic to animals, and so should never be used. Opt for a pet toothpaste that is specific for your type of animal. If you run out of toothpaste, it is better to brush your pet’s teeth with water than not brush them at all, as the water will still help clear away bacteria and debris.
Should I get my pet to use a mouth rinse?
Some owners think that a mouth rinse can be used instead of brushing. While a mouth rinse can help improve your pet’s oral health, it is only beneficial if used in conjunction with brushing.
Are teeth wipes effective at cleaning my pet’s teeth?
Some manufacturers have developed wipes which can be used in place of a toothbrush for cleaning an animal’s teeth. While using wipes is better than not cleaning your pet’s teeth at all, they are nowhere near as effective as a toothbrush. This is because wipes are unable to penetrate below the gum line, which is where most bacteria and plaque tends to accumulate.
Are chew toys good for my pet’s teeth?
Chew toys are a particularly popular product for canines, as chewing is an instinctive behavior for them. However, chew toys can actually be beneficial for the teeth of your furbaby. This is because any sort of chewing stimulates the production of saliva – the body’s natural defence against the bacteria that cause tooth decay. This saliva helps wash them away, before they have chance to damage your pet’s teeth.
Make sure you choose toys that are strong enough to withstand the extent of your pet’s chewing, as if the toy falls apart, small pieces could present a choking hazard.
Are dental chews a good investment in my pet’s dental health?
Many manufacturers now offer dental chews. They are usually tough to chow down on, which helps stimulate saliva production, and contain enzymes that help fight the development of plaque and tartar.
If you have any further questions about pet dental products, contact us and speak to our veterinarian at Avondale Animal Hospital in Birmingham for further advice.