Respect Your Cat Day: March 28th, 2020
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Your pet’s dental health is extremely important! Dental issues and oral disease are not only painful for pets, but they can lead to dangerous infections in the heart, liver, or kidneys — and it can also be painfully expensive for you as the owner.
The most important thing you can do for your pet’s oral health is to be sure your pet gets regular teeth cleanings and has yearly vet visits. However, you can also make changes in your pet’s diet to improve their dental health at home. Remember to always talk with your vet before making any major changes in your pet’s diet or dental health routine.
When it comes to the best dog food for dental health, you’ll want to choose food that has the Veterinary Oral Health Care (VOHC) seal. This seal is found on products that are meant to reduce plaque and tartar on your dog’s teeth. Here are a couple of options to research further:
Some dog treats and chews are also made to help your dog’s teeth stay healthy — again, check for that VOHC seal. Some options include GREENIES Grain-Free Natural Dental Dog Treats that can clean your dog’s teeth all the way down to the gum and Ventradent Rawhide Dental Chews reduce the bacteria that cause plaque buildup and help freshen your dog’s breath too.
Finally, what your dog doesn’t eat matters just as much as what he does — don’t give him any “human food” that’s high-carb or has lots of sugar, and keep him away from any trash that he might be tempted to gobble down.
Similarly to dog foods, many cat foods and treats are made especially for dental health, too.
Your pet may need some extra supplements to make their teeth as healthy as possible. Probiotics, Omega-3 fatty acids, and natural enzymes might be suggested; talk to your vet about what your pet needs.
Some pets will do well on a raw diet — cleaner teeth is one benefit of this diet. Even if you don’t choose to feed your pet a diet that’s 100 percent raw, you can still occasionally give your dog small amounts of foods like carrot slices, apple slices, or pumpkin. And for your dog, chew toys that are made of hard nylon can help scrape teeth as well. Paired with regular dental checkups, this diet can help your pet’s teeth stay strong and healthy!
Always be sure to consult a vet prior to giving your pets new food, treats and other supplements that can impact your pet’s overall health. If you think your pet is having dental issues, schedule an appointment with your vet immediately so that your pet can get checked out safely.
PetFirst’s routine care coverage can help offset the cost of dental cleanings and other needed pet care. With this add-on coverage, your pet can get the vet care they need as well as care for any accidents or illnesses.
Here at PetFirst, we know accidents and illnesses happen to even the healthiest pets. Pet insurance can help cover unexpected vet visits and can provide peace of mind that if your pet gets sick or injured, you don’t have to worry about the financial aspect of your pet’s care and can focus on your pet’s health.