Considering they can’t exactly brush or floss, it may seem silly to dedicate an entire month to pets’ dental health, but it’s actually one of the more important ‘reminder’ holidays established in the pet world. Your pet’s teeth are little white windows into many facets of their health; but what you see is, quite literally, just the tip of the iceberg.
Most dogs start to show signs of gum disease by age four. You may be wondering, what’s the big deal? Well, if left untreated, bacteria from the gums can seep into the bloodstream and effect their heart, kidneys, or liver, which are major contributors to their overall health. Furthermore, gum disease is just plain uncomfortable and can lead to tooth loss, which can be stressful on an animal who relies on their teeth for survival.
The good news is there are a number of at-home ways to keep plaque and gum disease at bay. Chewing and maintaining a healthy diet are two large factors in oral health, making it important that you leave a few bones around and are feeding them a high quality diet (remember, any of our delicious Stewart® Raw Naturals Fresh to Home options that can easily maintain optimal oral health, and our Pro-Treat® Raw Frozen Ground Bones are perfect for chewing, treating, AND maintaining oral health.)
Of course, there’s always brushing your dog’s teeth. Talk to your veterinarian, store clerk, or consult the internet on the best way to go about brushing pets’ teeth, as it’s the best and most direct way to thwart disease-causing plaque and bacteria. For dogs that won’t let you in their mouths, there are oral gels that work to effectively reduce plaque and bacteria, like our Oxy-Dental™ Oral Spray, in addition to specially formulated treats, like our Dental Pro-Treats, with a unique shape to scrape plaque and control doggy breath. We hope you take the time this, and every month to monitor and maintain your pet’s oral health.