Dental Care Similarities Between Humans and Pets

Unlike what some individuals often erroneously think, there are very many similarities between human oral health and that of pets. Indeed animals such as dogs and cats like us humans have two sets of teeth, which are deciduous (baby) and permanent teeth. The only notable difference is the fact that pets tend to lose their baby teeth much earlier than us, usually around 12 weeks old.

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As would be expected, these adorable creatures’ oral cavities can naturally accumulate plaque buildup over time. Which if not addressed promptly can, of course, trigger diseases like gingivitis (inflammation of gums), dental disease among several others, just like humans. As described by a well respected dental veterinarian in Mount Pleasant (a neighboring town), this definitely means that pets also require regular dental care to function appropriately, especially when it comes to feeding as well as been in excellent disposition.

Additionally, animals just like us, can contract dental problems, due to the same reasons that cause them in humans. This includes misaligned teeth, root abscess, tooth trauma and also periodontal disease. To anticipate such eventualities it can be extremely wise to ensure that your pet receives regular oral checkups together with at least one professional clean up each year.

Like earlier stated, animal dental care is very similar to that of humans.  And all vets spend a considerable portion of their professional studies in acquiring the prerequisite skills in performing procedures such as oral surgery, endodontic treatments, periodontal therapy as well as crown restorations. Further, these animal physicians take their time to apply an appropriate sealant that goes a long way in preventing future chips or pulp exposure in pets’ mouths. Occurrences that for obvious reasons, are more rampant in these creatures than human beings.

Pets also require ideal at home oral care, which like humans consists of regular brushing, (at least three times a week) and feeding on crunchy foods and treats that are endorsed by the veterinary oral health organization. The latter component of pet dental care can effectively eliminate plaque buildup in the most convenient manner possible.

It is thus quite clear to see that there are basically very few differences in the oral health of these creatures as when compared to us humans. Should you own a pet, it can be extremely prudent to integrate the above mentioned dental care regimen into his/her regular schedule. Most especially the checkups as it can be difficult to know when your dog or cat is going through oral cavity problems.

Can Dog Training Work with Cats?

Did you happen to read in the New York Times that a doting pet owner with a border collie happened to be able to teach his dog to recognize and act appropriately to more than 1000 words? Of course the extent of that vocabulary does astonish everyone. The very fact that a dog can be trained to do all kinds of things and recognize words isn’t surprising though. Just about every pet keepers facility and the Association of Professional Dog Trainers will tell you the same. Everyone’s dog does that. The only pet training question that remains to be answered is – why can’t you get your cute cat to do something like it?

cat dog trainingIs it impossible to get a cat to do anything? Not really. Cats certainly can be a little more stubborn in their resistance to learning. But it can be done. Cats have been with us for close to nine or ten millennia; they were domesticated by humans because humans needed them to be able to hunt bothersome rats and mice with. That’s what they were selected, bred and trained for. Hunting qualities were what made cats desirable around humans. No one in particular in the beginning domesticated cats for how cute and furry they were. If they had thought it back then, they would have selected cats that were friendly in addition to being good mouse catchers. Dogs on the other hand were selected for their friendliness and for their sociable nature. So we ended up with dogs that were friendly and responsive, and cats that were good hunters and quite unresponsive. But you still can work with them against their nature.

You’ll have to think outside the box a little bit when you train a cat. Successful pet training is all about recognizing what kinds of rewards different animals respond to. While for instance, pet training a dog, you’d be happy to treat the animal to a nice encouraging pat and a couple of encouraging words, cats don’t really care for that stuff. They will do your bidding only for food. And then, they won’t be that happy doing it. Cats can be trained to use the toilet bowl, come to heel and follow on order, and even slap the palm of your hand with a paw. And some of the same pet training philosophies will work for both: clicker training, positive reinforcement and so on.

If pet training really works with cats, why aren’t we seeing more trained cats around? It’s because people don’t generally mind it when cats don’t behave. A dog, a large powerful animal, can be quite a bother if it doesn’t learn how to be around people. A cat is small and it tends to be a quiet animal. The most it can do is wake up really early and demand breakfast. The kind of things a cat does – how bad can it be?