This past week I noticed a trend among our clients. As part of a pet’s annual exam, I always try to examine the mouth (if Fluffy will let me). When I mentioned the grade of tartar found on the pet’s teeth, I was told by multiple clients that their groomer cleans their dog’s teeth. Brushing a dog or cat’s teeth every 6-8 weeks is not enough. If you are going to brush your pet’s teeth, it needs to be done several times a week, if not daily. I feel bad for these clients, because brushing teeth every two months is a waste of money. Please also understand that what your groomer does is not the same as a complete dental performed at our office. A complete dental involves an examination of all tooth and gum surfaces under general anesthesia, a complete cleaning and polishing, and a fluoride treatment.
If you would like suggestions on how to care for your pet’s teeth so you can get the most bang for your buck, please reach out to our staff. We have different types of products (chews, additives, food) to work with every pet and lifestyle.
Ann E. Bastian, V.M.D.