Dogs, cats and the dentist
Starting early with an appropriate dental regime for your dog or cat can help prevent issues in the future. Dental problems can affect many aspects of a pet’s general health from feeding issues to their inner wellbeing. Bad breath, gum problems, rotting teeth can affect dogs and cats just as much as they can people, and as such prevention is always better than the cure. Later in life these issues may lead to an animal needing surgery to remove rotten teeth.
Needless to say, that when you have a young puppy or kitten with shiny, white teeth it can be difficult to see a reason to implement dental hygiene. However, taking more care now can only help ensure that their teeth have as long a life as possible. Just think of the advice that your own dentist may have given you over the years.
Making sure that they are on the correct food is another great example of something can aid dental care. It is often thought that dry kibble which is abrasive to their teeth can help reduce tartar build up, although not all pets can be fed on dry kibble alone. For dogs there are also chews that can help clean the surface of the teeth but it is always best to stick to the ones with less sugar as this can sometimes make the problem worse.
There are many other ways to help with items available such as toothbrushes and toothpaste, granules that can be added to the pet’s food and also treatments that are added to the drinking water. Whatever you decide it is never too late to make a start on a regular dental hygiene regime to improve the condition of your pet’s teeth. Here are some great examples of products available:
CET Enzymatic Toothpaste
CET Enzymatic Toothpaste mildly abrasive toothpaste for dogs that contains the CET Dual Enzyme System which is designed to inhibit plaque-forming bacteria. You can buy it for £6.50 here.
Aquadent is an easy to use drinking water additive which helps to fight dental plaque and tartar formation which has been specially formulated by vets for the daily dental and oral hygiene of cats and dogs. Aquadent eliminates bad breath and helps control plaque build up. Aquadent is available from £6.85 here.
ProDen Plaque Off
ProDen PlaqueOff is a natural product containing a special type of Scandanavian seaweed to help promote oral health in your pet. It comes in a granulated form so that you can easily mix it with your dog or cats food daily. Packed with all natural ingredients, the seaweed granules contain 12 vitamins, 13 minerals and trace elements, as well as being rich in natural iodine. ProDen PlaqueOff has been proven to reduce plaque and tartar on the teeth and gums, as well as working to prevent bad breath, plaque and tartar from returning. Now available on our website.
Logic Oral Hygiene Gel
Logic Oral Hygiene Gel helps prevent the formation of dental plaque and fights bad breath in cats and dogs. Based on a multi-enzyme patented system, Logic Oral Hygiene Gel supplements the animal’s own defence mechanism to help fight harmful bacteria in the mouth. It also contains a surfactant which ensures that the active ingredients remain in contact with the teeth and gums and mild abrasives that help break down existing plaque. The product is supplied in a tube with a free applicator to allow direct application to the teeth. and you can buy it here for £7.39.
Whimzees Toothbrush Dog Chew
Originating from Holland, Whimzees are the new all-natural dental chew on the market for dogs and puppies. Not only do Whimzees taste great, they are vegetarian, corn and wheat free, gluten and sugar free, high in fiber and low in fat. All-natural ingredients also means all-natural colours, with each colour having their own added benefits. The chews are packed with fiber, meaning that they will help with digestion and polish your dogs teeth.The unique knobby shapes ensure proper blood flow through the gums and prevent bad breat and the build-up of plaque and tartar. Buy yours today from £0.49p here.