Everything You Need for Your Pet’s Teeth
Periodontal disease is the most common health problem vets see in both cats and dogs. Here’s some tips to help ditch the dental disease so your pet can have pearly whites that bow-WOW!
Contrary to popular belief, your dog’s mouth is NOT cleaner than yours. Canines carry mouth bacteria the same way humans do. Bacteria buildup can travel into your furry friend’s bloodstream and affect his kidney, heart or liver. Keep your pup’s pearly whites parasite-free with these popular products:
Even in animals, toothbrushes are the most effective way to remove plaque. An angled, soft-bristled brush can help you get into those nooks and crannies. For extra picky pooches, try a finger brush or daily dental wipes. Pro-tip: A meat-flavored toothpaste can be a tasty trick.
Look for treats with the Veterinary Oral Health Council (VOHC) seal. These foods are scientifically proven to control plaque and freshen breath. Remember: Not all dogs go to heaven—OR can have certain treats. Talk to your vet before introducing a new nosh.
The act of chewing stimulates saliva and can reduce plaque by up to 70%. If your dog eats treats in the blink of an eye, try a toy. Look for durable items—like rubber or elk antlers. Quality counts with chew toys! Toys that are cheaply made are likely to split or splinter, which can lead to a choking hazard for your pooch.
All cats are prone to dental disease—especially purebreds. Purchase these products for your pretty kitty:
Toothbrushes and rinses are a must for your cat’s chompers. Cats are more resistant than dogs, so take baby steps before brushing. Begin by dipping your fingers in tuna water and then gently rubbing their gums with gauze. Next use a finger brush, eventually graduating to a cat toothbrush. Be patient and experiment with different toothpaste flavors, brushes and dental rinses.
Alternate wet and dry foods and try incorporating different meats. The varied diet will stimulate saliva (and your feline’s palate).
Life can be ruff with poor oral health. Use at-home products combined with regular visits to the vet for routine dental cleanings for a happy and healthy pet.