It’s a lazy Saturday morning. You get out of bed, make yourself a cup of coffee, grab a blanket and some pillows, and pile on the couch with Chloe and Lucy (because in this scenario, you have dogs named Chloe and Lucy). They are excited to see you and watch cartoons together in the morning. You’re petting them, they are trying to lick your face, and that’s when it hits you. Their breath S T I N K S! But don’t worry, there are so many things you can do to make your morning smelling as sweet as possible.
February is National Pet Dental Health Month, so we’re here to help you keep your pet’s mouth game on point, for the sake of all the Saturday morning snuggles.
Prevention and Detection. Know the Facts
According to Pet Experts at Synergy Labs, “Dental disease in canines in very common, especially in small dog breeds.” Periodontal disease not only effects the mouth, but also has a correlation to heart disease, along with kidney, liver, and heart failure. Our pets are part of our family, and we want them to be as healthy as possible so they can live a long life.
See something, say something
Since we all aren’t vets, and WebMD is only for humans, it’s important we can recognize the signs in our pets so we know when something is not right. Bad breath, yellow or brown teeth, swollen, inflamed or red gums, and even a poor appetite can all be signs of dental issues. Since our cats and dogs have their own language, it’s up to us to see the signs and get them the help they need.
Eat, sleep, brush, repeat
While regular vet visits are a must, there are also some at-home remedies to help your pet have a brighter, cleaner smile. This “toothpaste in a bottle” is a water additive, great for both dogs and cats. All you have to do is simply add it to their drinking water. It will work to eliminate plaque and tartar buildup as they drink. There is also the dental fresh version which helps to ensure your cat and dog has fresh breath all day long. There are also a variety of treat options that can help your fur baby chew their way to a brighter smile and a cleaner mouth. There are the Greenies dental cat treats, Blue Buffalo dental bones, and the Natural Balance dental chews. All are healthy treat options you as a pet parent can feel good about.