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Dental hygiene is 'as important for pets as humans'

Monday, 17th January 2011

Dental hygiene is as important for pets as it is for humans, according to a vet.

Jennie Hughes, a vet at Dr Nonie Coutts Veterinary Surgery in Bahrain, expressed her belief that pet owners should take good care of their animal's teeth to prevent health problems.

She wrote in the Gulf Daily News: "Dental hygiene is as important to pets as it is to people. Daily tooth-brushing in pets is widely practised throughout the world and does wonders at helping maintain the health of their teeth

"Tooth-brushing is, however, something that your pet needs to get used to and requires specialised toothpaste and toothbrushes"

Ms Hughes added that owners should purchase a soft toothbrush and specialist pet toothpaste to clean their animal's teeth.

Consumers could introduce their pets to the taste of toothpaste by placing some on their finger and letting their animal lick it.