By Susan Moss
Dental hygiene is enormously important for dogs and cats, not only to keep teeth and gums from becoming diseased and painful, but because of the infections that can spread to the heart, liver and other vital organs if bacteria is allowed to grow unchecked. Prevention is surely cheaper and easier than treating problems and pulling teeth. The first step is to prevent soft plaque from hardening into bacteria-laden tartar after it mixes with the minerals in saliva.
What's the best way to keep your pet's teeth clean and free of tartar build-up?
Raw bones, a carnivore’s original toothbrush—primordial dental care and chew drive satisfaction rolled into one pleasurable activity! The bones scrape and floss as your pet chews and gnaws. Most dogs like chewing on marrow and knuckle bones from beef or buffalo. Dogs and cats alike can consume raw meal replacement bones from whole chicken or turkey wings, necks or other bony parts. For tips on introducing raw bones for the first time, click here.
Plaque-dissolving food supplements – mix a bit into food daily. Wysong DentaTreat is a good-tasting powdered cheese enzyme that is well received by cats as well as dogs. The enzymes dissolve the plaque to help prevent tooth decay and gingivitis and freshen breath. Pro Den Plaque Off, an algae powder, prevents the plaque bacteria from adhering to the surface of the tooth. It will also soften existing tartar deposits over time, allowing you to scrape them off with your finger wrapped in a piece of gauze. We have seen amazing results in just a few weeks.
Oral sprays and gels – PetzLife Oral Care Spray and Oral Care Gel kill harmful bacteria on contact safely and naturally. The active ingredient is food grade grapefruit seed extract, which is combined with grape seed extract, rosemary oil, thyme oil, neem oil and peppermint oil.They coat the teeth and mouth, eliminating the root cause of bad breath and dental decay. With daily use, you’ll begin to see plaque and tartar disappear, with brighter teeth and fresher breath in 30 days. Safe for all animals. Tip: Using for two weeks before a dental cleaning will soften tartar and make the cleaning more productive.
Anesthesia-free dental cleanings – a less in-depth treatment than cleaning performed under anesthesia. A dental technician working under veterinary supervision will scale and polish the teeth using hand tools. Good for mellow, non-aggressive dogs or cats with light to moderate tartar deposits and no complicating infections or gum disease. It’s safer, less expensive, and a great teeth saver! Some local vets offer this service, or click here for more options in our retail stores.
Each month we sell over 5000 pounds of raw bones from our freezers – beef, buffalo and venison for recreational chewing, and whole chicken, turkey and duck parts as meal replacement bones. We even have tiny neck sections sized for the little guys and adventurous cats! Both kinds keep teeth clean, help make breath fresh and provide great nutritional benefits.
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Which Bone for Which Beast?
Size is important, and larger is generally safer. Small bones may be a choking hazard for a big dog. For tiny dogs with small mouths there are mini-marrow bones. Cats can eat smaller necks or wings, but many are not interested unless they’ve hunted outdoors or have been introduced as kittens. The bathtub is a good place to serve a cat!
Introducing Raw Bones
There are many reasons to trust the quality of Now! Pet Foods. They contain only fresh, de-boned turkey, salmon and duck– never any rendered meat meals or by-product meals. Another reason for trust is because it’s made in Canada where, by law, every single ingredient going into a pet food must be fit for human consumption. Rounding out the list of wholesome human ingredients are canola and coconut oils, and a broad array of steamed vegetables and fresh fruits: peas, spinach, broccoli, lentils, carrots pumpkin, cranberries, blueberries, blackberries, raspberries, pineapple, papaya, bananas, grapefruit, alfalfa sprouts and kelp.
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