by K Marie Alto February 16, 2019 2 min read
In the most recent years my vet would mention to me that my Moo had a lot of tartar on his teeth and that cleaning was recommended. I asked the approximate cost and then asked if it was something that could wait, to which I was told yes. I didn’t like the idea of sedating my teenager so if it wasn’t urgent I figured I wasn’t doing any harm by waiting.
It wasn’t until I moved and switched vets that the state of my boy’s teeth became clear. My new vet didn’t do any sugar coating (pun intended). I learned Moo’s teeth were rotten and spreading bacteria throughout his body. Long story short he ended up needing all of his remaining teeth pulled except for the 4 little baby ones in the front on the top and bottom, which he was able to keep for grooming.
Here are my top 5 take-aways from this experience:
At your next annual vet check, ask what you can do to improve your baby’s teeth and in turn improve their overall health. Consider brushing your fur baby’s teeth (at least 3 times a week), but make sure you use cat/dog safe toothpaste and switch your treats to Greenies Dental Treats to help get rid of plaque between brushings (my girls love these!).
Tell me, do your brush your fur baby’s teeth? Do you bring your baby in for regular cleanings?
K. Marie is an animal lover, wife, kitty mom, dog auntie, writer and co-founder of Toe Beans, a proud American family-owned online boutique pet supplies store focused on the improvement of the life of furry family members via pet parent education, better products, and advocacy. She has over 20 years of experience as a pet momma. She loves sharing her personal journey and experience as a pet parent via her blog and Facebook page where she currently has more than 19K followers (@furrytoebeans) and counting :-).
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