Pet Dental Month is February
FEBRUARY IS NATIONAL PET DENTAL MONTH
We have spent quite a bit of time researching pet dental health information that we can share with you during this month. Various methods such as enzymatic spray/gel, periodic dental cleaning (with anesthesia or anesthesia-free), adding solutions to drinking water, etc. have been discussed across many articles.
However, different holistic vets still have different opinions about these approaches! Most of these approaches may have controversial ingredients such as grain alcohol or debatable effectiveness.
The consistent thread we found with natural/holistic vets and what we are doing with our own pet is: feed them raw food, give them real, uncooked and size-appropriate bones and brush them.
A lot of customers on dry believe that feeding wet food means that it sticks to the teeth and as such, dry, crunchy food is better for cleaning the teeth. This is a false premise. In both cases, if a dog or cat drinks water, the likelihood of food sticking to the teeth is less in the wet food case. Try the example of eating crackers or something wet. Which is likely to stick in between your teeth once you drink water?
Our dog, Shinji is 7 years old. He has never had professional dental cleaning, and our vet is happy with his teeth condition! His dental health improved drastically since he switched to wholesome raw diet 6 years ago. BUT putting your pet on raw doesn’t mean you don’t have to do anything to their teeth ever again!
Natural approach to keeping your dog’s teeth clean and breath fresh
We still find ourselves cleaning his teeth about once every 1 to 2 weeks. Our routine with his dental health is:
1. He’s on raw diet at all times, except when we travel or on special occasions.
2. We check his oral condition about twice a week, and when we feel that his teeth need some TLC, we would brush his teeth.
3. We usually end up brushing his teeth every 7 to 10 days, and since we check so regularly, any build up is easily removed by our fingers or fingernails.
4. “Is he fed raw bones,” you ask? Well, we’ve tried introducing him to raw bones several times, but he just licks it without chewing. Even if we hold it for him to bite into, he would release his bite on the bone immediately and prefers licking it! That’s why we still check his teeth so regularly.
As with any other health issue, do some research so that you can ask questions and make a decision that ultimately benefits your pet! Remember to be consistent through the year and not just on National Pet Dental Month.