By Morieka Johnson, MNN
Q: I just dropped a few hundred dollars to get my puppyís teeth cleaned at the vet and just donít understand why the procedure costs so much. Our vet also wants us to do more home maintenance. Arenít the chew toys enough? Where do I find dental stuff for dogs?
A: My dental visits typically involve a lengthy tooth cleaning and a solemn lecture on the importance of flossing. Each visit, I vow to change my wicked ways, and offer a few feeble excuses as to how I managed to fall off the wagon once again.
“It’s OK,” my hygienist always says, scheduling the next appointment. “You keep us in business.”
Nothing truly changes behavior like a punch in the pocketbook. In addition to sky-high dental bills, poor dental hygiene can lead to gum disease, tooth loss and even heart disease — and these issues are not limited to people. Pets also risk a shorter life span when dental care lapses. My goal from now on is shorter dental visits for me and my dog Lulu. Here are a few essentials that will help you save time and money caring for your pet’s pearly whites.