April is Active Dog Month
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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 dog food for dental health, food that has the Veterinary Oral Health Care (VOHC) seal are 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 the VOHC seal. One option includes Greenies Grain-Free Natural Dental Dog Treats that can clean your dog’s teeth all the way down to the gum.
Finally, what your pet 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 even do well on a raw diet — with clean teeth being one benefit of this diet specifically.
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.
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Consider getting pet insurance for your furry friend today.
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