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How often do you brush your teeth?

Posted by Annette Filecci
Annette Filecci
Hi, my name is Annette Filecci. I am a Miami native, one of the few! I have been pet-sitting in the Hollywood ...
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on Thursday, 24 March 2011
in Lucky Dogs Healthy Pets

Would you let days, weeks, or even months go by without brushing your teeth? Of course not! Your dog can’t pick up a toothbrush and clean his own teeth: he relies on you. 80% (or more!) of dogs over three years old have gum disease. And it’s not only a problem for dogs – cats need dental care as well!

Does your dog have any of the following symptoms?

Apparent pain when chewing or a seeming reluctance to chew
Bad breath
Bleeding gums
Excessive drooling or saliva
Loose or missing teeth
Mouth ulcers
Redness or puffiness of the gums
Tartar build up (usually a brown or yellow substance)

These are signs of gum disease, which leads to loss of teeth, bone and also (just as in humans) other serious health issues, including heart, liver and kidney damage.

Do it yourself dental care

Daily tooth brushing is recomended. Your veterinarian may stock finger brushes, doggy toothbrushes and specially-formulated canine toothpaste. Just the act of placing a bit of the toothpaste on a brush and running it along the outsides of your dog's teeth and gums removes plaque, which (if not removed) will harden into tartar within 36 hours. If you incorporate this practice into your routine while your dog is still a puppy, it’s easy to continue as the dog grows older.

Chew Toys for dental health

There are chew toys specially made to help prevent the accumulation of plaque and tartar which cause periodontal disease. The hard, coarse texture of such a toy scratches off the residue of food that can build into plaque and calculus on your dog's teeth. An added bonus: these toys freshen your dog's breath because they remove smelly bacteria. Appropriate chew toys can also prevent destructive chewing behavior, as well as helping your new puppy with teething issues!

You don’t have to do it ALL yourself: you can also take your fur babies to the vet for professional cleanings. Veterinary dentistry is every bit as advanced these days as the human version!

For more information on caring for your precious babies' teeth and gums, please click here to visit this website



Hi, my name is Annette Filecci. I am a Miami native, one of the few! I have been pet-sitting in the Hollywood and Hallandale area for the past several years now, and I couldn't think of a better job for me. I love animals and have almost always had a pet around, from birds to fish to dogs, cats - even worms and snails - so I am very experienced with all kinds of pets!

I am married with three children and we have lived in East Hollywood for the past decade.

For more information about our services please click here. We are insured and bonded, and have references, as well as many happy clients.

Annette Filecci


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