Piu! We all know at least one pet who doesn’t exactly have the freshest breath. While some pets do just suffer from bad breath, it could also be caused by underlying issues. In fact, the American Veterinary Dental Society (AVDS) say that by the age of three, 70% of cats and 80% of dogs, will develop some form of oral disease. Just like humans, animals can also suffer from tartar buildup, and lead to periodontal disease from lack of brushing. Not addressing their dental health, could lead to more severe secondary issues, such as heart and kidney disease. Here are some tips and ideas for prevention.
Dental solutions can also help for in between brushings and vet visits, or for a pet who just refuses to brush their teeth. Oral care gel is good for directly applying to teeth with plaque buildup. There are also liquid solutions that you can add to their drinking water.
A few brands of pet food, such as Science Diet and Royal Canin, sell dry food specifically designed to help oral hygiene. These foods include additives that help keep plaque soft so it doesn’t turn to tarter. As your pet chews, the kibble “scrubs” against their teeth, almost acting like a toothbrush.
The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) recommends that you brush your pet’s teeth daily. This can be difficult, especially if your pet isn’t used to this. It’s a great idea to start accustoming them as a puppy/kitten. If they’re already an adult, let them adapt to it slowly. Pet stores sell flavored toothpaste, so find a flavor that your pet likes to make them more interested.
Does your dog or cat like to play? There are several toys designed to help clean your pets teeth, while providing hours of play. Nylabone, Kong and Hertz, just to name a few, have a large selection of durable chew toys. Rope toys are also great, as the strings will provide a flossing technique. The best part, many of these chew-bones and ropes come in flavors your pet will enjoy.
Every pet loves a treat! Greenies dental chews and treats are amongst one of the favorite and most popular. They were also awarded the Veterinary Oral Health Council seal. Pets love them so much, some people refer to them as “pet crack”. Along with Greenies, some of the other top favorite chews are: Blue Buffalo dental chews, Virbac C.E.T VeggieDent, Pedigree Dentastix, and Milkbone Brushing chews. As with any chew you give your pet, supervision is highly recommended.
Dental cleaning performed by a veterinarian is also recommended at least once a year. This requires your pet to be put under anesthesia, and can definitely be expensive. If you provide great dental health care at home, you may be able to avoid getting them done professionally a little less often.
Contrary to popular belief, a dog’s mouth is not cleaner than a human’s. So get their breath freshened and their teeth cleaned and share all of your pet’s pearly whites on our social media pages! #BonesAndBellyRubs