Keeping your dog or cat’s teeth and gums healthy will go a long way to preventing not only bad breath, periodontal disease and an uncomfortable or painful mouth, but also more serious chronic conditions such as kidney disease, liver disease, heart conditions and joint problems.
A healthy canine or feline mouth is teaming with bacteria – most of which are normal and natural. As plaque and tartar build on the teeth, the balance of healthy bacteria is thrown off and the opportunity for disease arises. Plaque builds even more rapidly in the upper, softer part of the teeth and infection begins. In cats, cavities develop with even more opportunity for infection. (Dogs are less prone to cavities). The bacteria and toxins are absorbed into the blood stream where they circulate and begin to build in kidney, liver, and heart tissue. The toxins released can even affect brain tissue. The inflammatory process involved can aggravate deteriorating joints. In other words – it only gets worse when the problem is ignored.
You don’t have to, but if you can it is well worth the time an effort. Brushing is the best way to dislodge all that plaque.
PetzLife Gel is a great product to use as“toothpaste”.
ProDen PlaqueOff is a seaweed based supplement that works through the bloodstream – preventing the bacteria that cause plaque from taking over in the mouth.
Wysong Dentatreat is a special blend of dental-active natural cheeses, minerals, apple polyphenols that works on the surface of teeth as the dog or cat eats. It discourages growth of bacteria that cause plaque and bad breath.
Exercise! No, not a daily walk around the block – dental exercise. Chewing on hard substances such as raw bones and treats such as tendons, bully sticks or other dental chews helps exercise the teeth and gums and even helps scrape off plaque helping to prevent tartar buildup.
A healthy diet. The healthier the animal, the better the immune system. A meat based diet is essential as meat helps maintain a healthier mouth environment. Since carbohydrates feed the bacteria that cause plaque, consider a grain-free diet. For small dogs and cats that are more prone to dental disease, consider freeze dried or dehydrated diets that are mostly meat.
Dental care contributes greatly to maintaining your companion’s overall health and extending their life expectancy. A small investment in prevention will save a great deal of pain and veterinary bills. It requires a little more time and effort on your part, but goes such a long way to preventing disease and discomfort that it is quite well worth it.
WholeLifePets.com is one of the largest sources of products and information for pet dogs and cats. They provide a whole range of pet products including vitamins, supplements, holistic remedies, flea and tick control medicines etc. that helps pets stay healthy.
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