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Don’t neglect your pets’ teeth


Dental care is an important aspect of pets’ health, but it’s sometimes overlooked.

Once a year, pets should have dental cleanings, where they are put under anesthesia and given a full mouth cleaning, polish and X-rays.

Pet owners should lay the groundwork for future dental care when pets are puppies or kittens. Owners should brush their pets’ teeth once a day with a toothbrush and pet-safe toothpaste.

Dental chews, water additives and a dental-friendly diet are among the products good for helping to maintain dental health. The Veterinary Oral Health Council has a list of approved products.

– Dr. Melisse Conway, SPCA Tampa Bay Veterinary Center

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