Hi pet parents,
As its dental month why not check out some of the amazing products to help you keep on top of your pet’s dental hygiene.
Keeping your pet’s teeth clean is very important as they can suffer from gum disease just like humans can; in fact, dogs are 5 times more likely to suffer from gum disease due to their mouths being more alkaline.
Dental problems occur in pets when there is a buildup of plaque, if plaque isn’t removed from your pet’s teeth it will lead to gingivitis. Gingivitis causes your pet's gums to become inflamed and red, you may even notice your pet’s gums are bleeding after they have been playing with toy and chews, the plaque that is on your pet’s teeth will begin to harden and turn a yellow/brown colour this is known as tartar, if this is left untreated your pet will develop periodontitis. Once your pet has developed periodontitis this cannot be reversed, the gum and tissue around the tooth becomes week and your pet’s teeth will become loose and may even fall out, bacteria can get into the gum once the tissue becomes loose and this can lead to infections not only in the mouth but all over the body as well.
Some of the symptoms that your pet has some form of dental disease include very bad breath, bleeding gums, refusal of food or struggling to eat food and pawing at their mouth. If you have a suspicion that your pet may have quite bad teeth it’s recommended to contact your vet.
There are lots of products available to help prevent gum disease and dental problems.
The best way of getting rid of plaque from your pet’s teeth is by using a toothbrush and pet toothpaste. TheDentifresh starter kit is great for both dogs and cats, it comes with a meat-flavored toothpaste and a finger brush to make it even easier to brush your pet’s teeth.
If you have a pet that doesn’t like having their teeth brushed there are products like the ones below available to combat dental hygiene in a different way
Tropiclean fresh breath clean teeth oral gel is designed for you to put along your pet’s gum line it dissolves the plaque, then the gel then gets washed around the teeth and mouth as your pet moves their tongue. this product is only suitable for dogs.
Petkin liquid oral care water additive for dogs and cats, this s a great product as it Is safe for both cats and dogs, it not only kills bacteria in the mouth but helps keep your pet’s breath fresh throughout the day, you simply add the recommended dose to your pet’s water and it can even be used in water fountains. This is a fantastic product to use alongside brushing every day.
Plaque off animal is a natural food supplement that reduces tartar and bad breath, it is made with natural ingredients mainly seaweed. It is suitable for both cats and dogs and you simply add it to your pet’s food, it can be added to wet and dry food.
Petkin plaque tooth wipes for dogs & cats, these are great as they are safe for both cats and dogs and great for going on holiday as they are small and compact meaning you can still care for your pet’s teeth even on your travels.
Dentalife dog treatsare fantastic at helping scrub the hard to reach back teeth, they are great to use as a treat after brushing, they are available in 3 sizes small, medium and large and have been scientifically proven to help remove tartar. They are low in fat and contain no artificial flavourings or colourings.
Dentilife chicken cat treats can be given daily as a treat to help reduce tartar buildup in your cat’s mouth; the crunchy, porous texture gets to the hard to reach places in your cat’s mouth.
Greenies dental treats are another fantastic treat for dogs that have been proven to help clean teeth by controlling the plaque and tartar build up. They are available in 4 sizes: Teenie, Petite, Regular and Large, greenies treats are also a brilliant reward to give your dog after brushing.
There are also natural chews availablewhimzees large hedgehog pre-packwhich are made of vegetables and they are gluten-free, Antos Antler dog chew these are natural chews sourced from Scottish highland deer, they are long lasting an are suitable for puppies, adult, and senior dogs and are available in small, medium and extra-large, Pet Munchies Natural Buffalo Dental Chew is made from 100% buffalo, is low in fat and is grain and gluten free, great for pet’s who have sensitive digestion.
You can also keep your pet’s teeth healthy by feeding dry food as it doesn’t stick to your pet’s teeth as easily as wet food. There are even oral and dental diets available from brands likes Royal Canin and Hills Science Plan.
Get going pet parents on your pet dental routines this February, we would love to hear how you get on!