Companionship, unconditional love, and security are just some of the perks of pet ownership.
Those of us who welcome pets into our homes understand that a certain commitment comes with becoming a pet parent. Although we recognize the need to provide food, shelter, and basic healthcare for our furry pals, pet dental care is something that often goes unnoticed. Proper dental care plays a large part in maintaining the health of our pets.
The American Animal Hospital Association notes that dental disease can start early in Fido’s life. By the age of three, most dogs and cats will have some level of dental disease. If dental disease is left untreated, pets may suffer from inflammation, infection, and even chronic pain.
The animal health and wellness site VetStreet says that more than 70 percent of cats and dogs over age four are affected by periodontal disease. Bacteria from poor pet dental care may spread to other organs and cause illnesses. Recognizing the signs of pet dental disease and taking steps to alleviate it can keep pets healthy.
All the Best Pet Care notes that pet dental care begins with raw meaty bones, as they are nature’s toothbrushes. Despite food companies’ claim to the contrary, dry kibble does not clean teeth! Dogs raised on commercial food alone frequently develop tartar, gum disease, infected mouths, and bad breath while dogs raised on raw bones have clean, white teeth that never need scaling. Raw bones act like floss in the mouth, polishing and scraping away tartar as the animal crunches and gnaws. In addition, raw meat creates a somewhat acidic oral environment to retard plaque formation and freshen your pet’s breath.