Proper dental care is critical for our pets, yet it's an area of our pet's care that a lot of pet parents neglect. So what can we do? Can we make up for lost time? In this month’s podcast, Chief Embracer Laura Bennett and Dr. Patrick Mahaney take on a variety of dental health questions posed by our readers:
- Karin S.: What are the best tartar control diets for dogs and cats?
- Christine G.: Once a dog has bad teeth, is there anything you can do to reverse it? Or at that point, are you just trying to keep it from getting worse?
- Alexandra H.: I have a wonderful 7 yr old, 15 lb dachshund. I've had his teeth cleaned three times by his vet (about every 1.5 to 2 years), and he's had a few teeth extracted. I know how important a clean, bacteria-free mouth is to his overall health, but as he starts to grow old older, I am concerned about putting him under anesthesia for cleanings, as any such procedure carries risk. Should I worry? What would you recommend? Also, I try to brush his teeth, but he loves licking the chicken flavored tooth paste so much, I don't feel like I'm getting much brushing done. My vet mentioned a solution to add to his drinking water, but I'm not sure it's safe. Any recommendations for daily oral care?
- Karin S.: What is your opinion on anesthesia-free dental cleaning for dogs?
- Darcy L.: My cat, Mr. Meow Meow, needs to have his teeth cleaned and probably needs to have some of them pulled. When my previous cat had this done, (granted, she was much older), it took over a week for her to recover. What are your thoughts on yanking teeth?