Saturday, February 8, 2014

Pet Dental Care And Health - 5 Things You Can Do

PET DENTAL CARE AND HEALTH
Written By: Lori Blauert
Owner: IB Pet

Caring for our pet's teeth should be a no-brainer.  We humans brush and floss regularly and visit our dentist for cleanings - so why are we not this diligent with our pet's oral care? 

Maybe it's because dogs and cats in the wild don't brush and visit the vet for check ups so we just assume they just don't need it.  The problem with this thinking is that many of our pets don't eat the same diet as they would eat in the wild. They are not using their teeth to tear flesh and gnaw on bones like they would in nature. Also the live enzymes present in a raw meats which help keep our pets teeth healthy are absent in the cooked kibble and canned foods that many of us feed our pets today.
What causes dental disease?
When you feed a kibble and canned food diet, food particles and plaque will accumulate on your pets teeth at the gum line.  As plaque builds up it will eventually harden to form tartar.  Your pet's body initially reacts to this build up of tartar by displaying inflamed gums which then leads to an infection known as periodontal disease.  Dental disease can have a negative impact your pet's major organs as the infections spreads to the bloodstream through the gums. This is why it is very important to take care of your pet's teeth. 
Here are 5 things you can do to help prevent dental disease in your pet:  
  1. Feed a raw diet
    • Dogs and cats are carnivores designed to eat a raw diet in nature. Uncooked raw meat and vegetables contain live enzymes that naturally break down plaque build up and fight bacteria in your pet's mouth. Kibble and canned food diets are heat processed and lack these essential enzymes.  Frozen and freeze-dried raw diets have become more popular over the past 10 years and are available for cats and dogs at many independent pet retailer.  Many of these diets contain raw ground meat, bones, organs and veggies which contain the live enzymes that will work to keep your pets oral health in check. It is important to remember that when your pet consumes ground raw meat they still don't have to use their teeth to tear and chew like they would when consuming a raw diet in nature so it is very important to also offer raw meaty bones such as poultry necks and meaty bones.
  2. Use an enzymatic water additive, gel or spay 
    • There are a number of enzymatic dental products available which when used regularly will break down plaque and fight bacteria in your pet's mouth.  If you do not feed a raw diet, using enzymatic products is imperative to maintain good oral health in your pet.     
  3. Brush your pets teeth
    • Regular brushing is an excellent way to prevent oral diseases. Select a toothbrush designed best for your pet's size mouth and use a enzyme toothpaste. If your dog or cat will not let you brush his teeth start with just wiping your pets teeth with a wash cloth or using a soft dental finger brush.  If you make teeth cleaning a positive experience by using a tasty toothpaste, giving lots of pets and praise, teeth brushing will eventually become a more enjoyable experience for you both.  

  4. Give your pet dental chews, raw bones and toys designed to help clean your pet's teeth

    • The action of chewing removes plaque build up.  Offering a raw meaty bone to your dog and cat will not only help remove the plaque from chewing action but the enzymes present in the raw bone work at breaking down build up and keeping bacteria in your pets mouth in check. There are a variety of creative toys on the market specifically designed to be entertaining for your pet and serve the purpose of cleaning their teeth. One of our favorites it the Busy Buddy Bristle Bone!   
  5. Visit your veterinarian
    • Take your pet to the vet and have their teeth examined.  Your pets teeth may require medical attention to get them back on a healthy track.  Animals with compromised immune systems and senior pets are far more susceptible to dental diseases because their body is unable to fight infections and heal itself.  Click here to learn more about what you can protect and improve your pet's immune system and health.  

Check out Cody working on keeping his teeth and gums healthy!



16 comments:

  1. Thanks dear, I love your blog ! You have provided a good info through this blog about a pet. I’ve learned more through this blog .
    Really your your blog is top notch and very classy.
    Many thanks again for sharing.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. In case, you want to have major treatment, you should first check that your chosen clinic have all the necessary facilities to provide assistanc Dentysta Toruń
      Implanty Toruń
      Ortodonta Toruń

      Delete
  2. In case, you want to have major treatment, you should first check that your chosen clinic have all the necessary facilities to provide assistance. Teeth Cleaning North York

    ReplyDelete
  3. The best way to get tartar off of your teeth is to have your dentist take it off. http://finallygetridofbadbreath.com/how-to-remove-bad-breath-naturally/ Your dentist will complete a methodology called scaling that removes the majority of the tartar from your teeth.

    ReplyDelete
  4. Superb! Your blog is incredible. I am delighted with it, Knowledge giving Article! I appreciate you. I completely agree with you. If we talk about current scenario then it is must be update. You can also avail more information at Dental Office Houston. I enjoyed reading. Thanks for sharing with me.

    ReplyDelete
  5. I read this article, it is really informative. Your way of writing and making your thoughts is very impressive. Thanking you for such an informative article. veterinarian Surgery

    ReplyDelete
  6. I think this is one of the most important pieces of information for me. And I’m glad to read your article. Thank you for sharing. animal hospital

    ReplyDelete
  7. Very good information, this information is excellent and essential for everyone. I am thankful to you for providing this kind of information. Veterinary Hospital Vancouver

    ReplyDelete
  8. Thanks for sharing it is a Very Informative page, I hope it will be useful for all of us, teeth falling out dream psychoanalysis is almost experienced by everyone in a lifetime and we always heard that dreams have some meaning.

    ReplyDelete
  9. This is very nice blog.We at Dente Clinic provide Dental Implants in South Delhi. Our procedure enhances your confidence by making your smile distinctive and attractive. Our clinic is one of the prominent places where the patients mapped out their entire dental problems. We have friendly and caring teams to assists the patients. We are confident in our treatment. Make a briefing now to handle your dental issue.

    ReplyDelete
  10. Just admiring your work and wondering how you managed this blog so well. It’s so remarkable that I can't afford to not go through this valuable information whenever I surf the internet! guide to buying a dental practice

    ReplyDelete
  11. Nice blog and absolutely outstanding. You can do something much better but i still say this perfect.Keep trying for the best. Hans Fund

    ReplyDelete
  12. I got some wonderful knowledge from this post about Pet Dental Care. The post is very informative and helpful also. Thanks for sharing such post. Keep it up. Race Animals Medicine Online.

    ReplyDelete
  13. It is truly a practical blog to discover some various resource to include my knowledge. Dental Implants Illawarra

    ReplyDelete
  14. I think this is one of the most significant information for me. For more information visit us. Pet's Care Mart

    ReplyDelete