Pet Dental Month
- 1 February 2018
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Pet Dental Month Blog Post / Newsletter
Pet Oral Health
February is Pet Dental Health Month. Here at Pet Wants Vegas Valley SW we believe the key to a happy and healthy mouth is prevention. According to the American Veterinary Dental Society (AVDS), approximately 80% of pets show signs of oral disease by age 3. Here are a few things you can do to help your pet have a healthy mouth.
Brush Their Teeth!
We brush our teeth, so why are our pets any different? Brushing your pet’s teeth regularly is the best way to avoid a dental cleaning. Daily brushing is preferred but not always feasible. If you cannot brush daily try to brush several times a week or at least weekly. Some brushing is better than no brushing.
Pet Wants Tip: Write out your brushing schedule on your calendar so you can hold yourself to it. Make it a habit and your pet will thank you later!
Feed Better Food
You are what you eat. Dogs and cats do not produce digestive enzymes such as amylase to break down sugar in their saliva. Starchy sugary carbohydrates can promote plague and bacteria growth in their mouths. Look for food and treats that are meat first and use whole carbohydrates instead of flours to help moderate sugar intake. Carbohydrates such as brown rice, chickpeas, peas, lentils, and sweet potatoes are all great options. By providing a healthy diet with the proper nutrition you take another step to keeping your pet happy and healthy.
Pet Wants Tip: Every recipe from Pet Wants is always meat first!
Chews, Treats, and Toys
Chewing helps promote oral health in dogs. Chews and toys such as bully sticks and rope toys can aid in dental health, and help keep plaque and bad breath at bay. There are many dental treats out there that can help, but even by making conscious decisions for treats with quality ingredients and specific shapes you can help your pet keep their teeth clean and healthy.
Pet Wants Tip: Ask your certified Pet Wants nutrition specialist to help you choose the perfect chew for your pet.