Pet Bad Breath? Improve your Pet’s Dental health
The downside of not taking good care of your cat or dog’s teeth
For the last week of National Pet Dental Health Month, here’s the downside of not taking good care of your cat’s or dog’s teeth! http://www.dogsnaturallymagazine.com/dental-problems-pets/ . Pet bad breath, periodontal disease can result in heart, kidney and liver disease to mention a few of the issues that bad dog/cat teeth can cause.
Although we take care of Shinji’s teeth often, this article did scare the s%#$ out of us and our resolution for his teeth through the year is now “regularity.” For those just starting, we’ve got tips below on how to improve your pet’s dental health.
As with any information we share, use it as a basis to do further research. Typically pet bad breath is an indicator of an underlying condition. Periodontal disease is a very common disease affecting pets. We were concerned with the recommendation to use strong green tea or black tea as we’ve seen other holistic vets strongly against the use of tea. Our thoughts: don’t take the risk with tea as we’ve shared other safer and effective methods of getting your pet’s teeth clean.
What is effective in improving pet bad breath and dental health?
What is effective in cleaning your dog’s (or cat’s) teeth? We know it is not kibbles! Here’s one holistic vet’s opinions on the risk level, cost and effectiveness of some different approaches like brushing and vet scaling. As usual, these are guidelines to get you started on your research on what’s works best for you and your dog.
Here’s what we suggest:
- Brush at least once a week if you are serious about improving your pet’s dental health. Aim at getting between the gums
- To effectively brush, sit with your back against a wall and with your dog on his back between your legs. (The dog’s mouth will be pointing up at you as you stare down). Cats will definitely hate you if you try this on them! 🙂
- Feed a biologically appropriate food, which means raw.
- Kibbles are not effective at cleaning teeth. Not sure that crackers or chips are effective for cleaning humans’ teeth! Don’t believe us? Ask your dentist whether these will work in cleaning your teeth… no brushing allowed.
- Provide consumable bones for your cat or dog. eg. chicken or turkey necks or wingtips. Alternatively you can provide recreational bones for dogs. Make sure the bone is sized appropriately for your dog and his chewing habit.
- Femur bones are load bearing and can crack teeth if your dog is an aggressive chewer. In all circumstances, ensure you are supervising your dog or cat when they are chewing bones.
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