As pet owners, we often overlook the importance of dental care for our furry friends. However, just like humans, pets can also suffer from dental problems that can cause discomfort, pain, and even lead to serious health issues. Dental diseases are one of the most common issues among pets, and they can affect not only their teeth, but also their overall health and lead to serious health problems.
Here are some reasons why good dental care is essential for your pets:
* Prevents dental disease – Regular dental care, like brushing your pet’s teeth, can help prevent dental diseases like periodontitis, gingivitis, and tooth decay. These can cause pain, bad breath, and tooth loss, making it difficult for your pet to eat and enjoy their food, sometimes even robbing them of important nutrients for good health.
* Improves overall health – Dental disease not only affects your pet’s teeth, but can lead to serious health problems. Bacteria from dental infections can enter the bloodstream and spread to other organs, including the heart, liver, and kidneys, leading to serious health conditions like heart disease, kidney disease, and liver disease, diabetes and presents a cancer risk.
* Good dental care saves you money – Regular dental care can help you avoid costly veterinary bills in the long run. Dental procedures, such as extractions, root canals, and cleaning, can be expensive, and treating dental diseases can require multiple visits to the vet, putting your dog or cat through anxiety-producing trauma and making your bank account lighter.
* Helps detect other health issues – Regular dental check-ups can help detect other health problems in your pet – During a dental exam, your vet can check for signs of other health problems, such as tumors, infections, and cysts, that could go undetected if not for a vet visit.
What can you do to ensure good dental care for your pets? 3 Solid Tips:
1) Brush their teeth – Like humans, pets need to have their teeth brushed regularly to prevent dental diseases. You can use a pet toothbrush and toothpaste to brush your pet’s teeth. Check the labels to make sure the ingredients are all natural, preferably organic, and are meant specifically for dogs and cats. The Pet Health and Nutrition Center’s Tooth Powder is a nice product with simple ingredients that make sense for fighting bacteria, soothing the gums and supporting a healthy mouth. Start slowly and reward your pet with treats to make the process more enjoyable for them.
2) Provide Raw Meaty Bones – This is a great way to include important vitamins and minerals for optimal health, and to massage their gums and clean tartar off of teeth at the same time. And most of them love it, so there’s a healthy dose of The Happiness Protocol thrown in, releasing the happy hormones like serotonin and dopamine, which help strengthen their immune system.
If that’s not comfortable for you, giving them healthy dental treats and toys is another option but always check the labels. You want to focus on only those made in the USA, and that don’t contain rawhide or have sweeteners or plastics that can release toxic chemicals during digestion. I like US-made single ingredient bully sticks and dehydrated organs like trachea, which is ridged so offers a good surface for cleaning.
3) Schedule regular dental check-ups – regular dental check-ups with your vet will ensure your pet’s teeth and gums are healthy. The easier problems to solve are the ones caught early that can be handled with home care.
Homeopathy is a great way to handle dental flare ups in dogs and cats, like red-lined gums, inflammation, even infection caught early. And, it can be a great preventative in certain cases. These two remedies can work to re-mineralize your dog’s teeth.
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