- • 80% of dogs and cats over the age of 5 years suffer from dental disease.
- • Dental Hygiene should be part of everyday pet care.
- • Prevention is key for dental health.
- • Stages 1 & 2 of dental disease can be reversed by routine care.
- • Diet and chews play a big role in supporting dental health.
Dental care is as important for dogs and cats as it is for humans, however many pet owners are unaware that they should be looking after their pet’s teeth. It is estimated that around 80% of dogs over the age of 3 suffer from some form of dental disease.
Plaque bacteria is constantly formed in the mouth and can lead to many issues. Small breed dogs and cats are more prone to gum disease because they have a lot of teeth crowded into a small space, making cleaning more difficult. However poor dental hygiene can be a problem that affects every breed.
Possible effects of poor dental hygiene:
- • Gum Disease
- • Periodontitis
- • Halitosis (bad breath)
- • Tooth Loss
- • Oral Pain
- • Diseases in remote organs caused by the spread of bacteria and infection from the mouth
Prevention Is Key
Prevention is better than cure. Start looking after your pet’s teeth as young as possible to ensure they have a healthy future. You can prevent dental health issues by providing the best possible lifestyle for your pet.
Feed a high-quality diet
We recommend MORE Dog‘s crunchy kibble helps to reduce tartar and plaque and our MORE Adult Cat Oral Care uses a formula that helps to bind the excess calcium in your cat’s saliva, preventing it from attaching to teeth as plaque, and specially shaped kibble also cleans teeth while they eat.
Something to chew on
Regular chewing and gnawing can help scrape plaque and tartar from your pet’s teeth and keep them occupied at the same time! We recommend Great&Small Vegetable Chews, Hide Chews, Hooked Dog Treats, Great&Small ChewOn Bones and King Catnip Feasties and Dental Stalks.
Rope Toys, knots, balls and tugs are an essential buy for the toy box! The texture of the weaves and strands help to scrape away plaque from teeth, great for playtime and quiet time. The Great&Small Toothy Dentals is the perfect toy to aid removal of dental debris and boredom! Place treats or doggy toothpaste inside the compartments to urge dogs to chew.
Plaque Off for Dogs & Cats is an easy and natural way to help the saliva dissolve tartar and prevent new layers forming. Effective against bad breath, tartar, plaque build-up and overall improvement of oral health. Tropical Fresh Breath Gel can be applied directly to your dog’s mouth with natural ingredients help to remove and defend plaque and tartar.
Identifying Dental Issues
At Pets Corner we cannot diagnose any dental issues or disease but we can recommend looking out for the following issues. If you are concerned with any of these then please get your pet checked by a vet.
- • Unpleasant breath
- • Increased salivation
- • Red and/or puffy gums
- • Bleeding gums
- • Tartar
- • Calculus (hard coating on teeth that is usually brown or yellow; results from plaque build-up)
- • Missing or loose teeth
Dental scrapping and tooth extraction are two of the most common procedures performed by vets in the UK, you could save thousands of pounds in dental work by looking after your pet’s teeth each and every day. We clean our teeth everyday – your pet should too!
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