Your pet needs dental care to protect their slobbery smile. Periodontal disease is the most common health problem vets see in both cats and dogs. Ditch the dental disease so your pet can have pearly whites that bow-WOW!
Mutt myth busted: 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 the kidney, heart or liver. So keep your pup’s teeth and gums parasite-free with these popular products:
Toothbrushes are the most effective way to remove plaque. An angled, soft-bristled brush can help you get into those nooks and crannies. For 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 proven to control plaque and freshen breath. Remember: Not all dogs can have certain treats. Talk to your vet before introducing a new treat.
The act of chewing stimulates saliva and can reduce plaque by up to 70%. So 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 certain purebreds. These products can help keep your kitty’s smile pretty:
Toothbrushes and rinses are a must. Cats may be more reluctant to brush than dogs, so take gradual steps. Start by dipping your fingers in tuna water and then gently rub their gums with gauze. Move to a finger brush, eventually graduating to a cat toothbrush. Be patient – it may take a while — 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 and visit the vet for regular dental cleanings. A happy and healthy pet is more satisfying than a belly rub.