Oral Care for Your Pets
03 March 2021
Just like humans our pets need a strict daily oral care regime. You wouldn’t go days or weeks without brushing your own teeth and neither would you not bother to check up on your kids to make sure they’re brushing every day.
Our dogs and cats are no different. So it’s a good job we’ve been speaking with the experts at Pedigree and Whiskas who have given us some pet oral care advice to ensure your four-legged friend not only maintains their dental health but their overall wellbeing too.
Your Dog’s Teeth are as Important to Them as our Hands are to us
Your dog doesn’t only use its teeth to eat but to hold, pull and carry things too. And it’s precisely because they do so much with their teeth that they really need looking after.
The bacteria on their teeth form an off-white, sticky layer called dental plaque. The bacteria within plaque and tartar attack the gums and cause inflammation of the gums and surrounding tissues. This can be extremely painful for your dog.
How do you Clean Your Dog’s Teeth?
Having a daily oral care routine is important in supporting your dog’s health and wellbeing. Tooth brushing is the single most effective method but you may still want to combine several different ones.
One Pedigree DentaStix a day can help keep tartar away. It’s scientifically proven that just one chew a day can help reduce tartar build-up by up to 80%, and with their unique x-shape, the texture of daily DentaStix are designed to give your dog’s teeth a really good clean.
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Happy Cats Have Healthy Mouths
It’s important to clean your cat’s teeth in some way every day to remove the plaque that adheres to their teeth. If the plaque is not removed and is left in contact with the tooth, it will harden to form tartar within just a few days and this cannot be brushed away.
Feeding your cat a mixture of dry and wet food not only provides a variety of tastes and textures which cats really enjoy, but the additional benefit of feeding dry food is that the kibble creates abrasion on the surface of the teeth, which can help to wipe away plaque and keep their teeth clean.
How do You Clean Your Cat’s Teeth?
Tooth-brushing is the most effective way of removing plaque from your cat’s teeth and most cats will take to it if the process is built up slowly. Specially designed cat toothbrushes and toothpaste will do just the job. And because oral care of cats is so important, Whiskas’s have created DentaBites, a daily treat to help you care for your cat’s teeth and gums.
Having your cat’s mouth checked regularly by your vet or vet nurse is a great way to keep on top of their oral hygiene.
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