According to the American Veterinary Dental Society, the vast majority of dogs and cats have symptoms of oral diseases by age three.
Below are several things you can do that will help keep your pet’s mouth smiling, rather than smarting.
Kate Solisti, pet author, lecturer and educator, recommends balanced, nature-designed diets including raw, meaty bones for dogs, raw chicken necks, cut up for cats, daily brushing, oral rinses and plaque fighters as excellent ways to maintain mouth health.
Have pet’s teeth cleaned with an ultrasound every 2-3 years, recommends Solisti. This could be the single-most important preventative for a dog or cat next to healthful, wholesome food. Visit https://www.katesolisti.com/ for more of Kate’s advice on caring.
You don’t have to hold a struggling dog and force-brush his teeth if you use a self-brushing product like EasyBrush. You put pet toothpaste on the brush, then let the dog chew on the brush for two minutes, every other day.
Preventing bad breath and plaque build up doesn’t have to be a high-maintenance project. Pet King Brands offers a drinking water additive that contains completely natural, antibacterial enzymes found naturally in saliva, inhibits odor-causing bacteria and removes plaque biofilm. Biotene Veterinarian products, which also include oral gels and a mouthwash, can achieve a healthy mouth without brushing. Visit www.petkingbrands.com for more information.
Consider pet insurance to address oral care, including preventative maintenance and regular and emergency treatment, such as VPI Pet Insurance, which includes a dental option.
By Sarah Zumhofe