Cats and dogs are not known for their minty fresh breath. Like humans, pets need regular dental care to keep their mouth, teeth and gums healthy. If left unattended, cavities, gum disease and tooth loss can occur. Here’s what to watch out for:
Abnormally odorous breath: Your pet’s breath will always be somewhat stinky, but if it gets significantly worse, there may be decay in your dog or cat’s mouth.
Teeth: It’s a red flag if your pet’s teeth are loose or falling out (unless they are teething as puppies/kittens).
Discolored gums: A healthy mouth should have pink-colored gums. Whiteness, redness, bleeding or sores are warning signs.
Excess tartar: Dark-colored buildup − especially along the gums – means your pet is not getting enough oral care.
Natural Remedies for Your Pet’s Oral Health
What if you could pour some taste-free liquid in your pet’s water that would relieve their symptoms of poor dental health? Well, you can! Natural Pet Pharmaceuticals offers water-based dental health products specially formulated for pets:
Cat: Teeth & Gums relieves oral health symptoms, including bad breath, tartar, tooth decay, and unhealthy, receding, spongy or bleeding gums.
Dog: Teeth & Gums relieves oral health symptoms, including bad breath and unhealthy, receding, or bleeding gums.
A Healthy Lifestyle for a Healthy Mouth!
Dogs and cats cannot take themselves to the dentist; they need you for that. Here are two easy things you can do to improve your pet’s oral health:
Provide healthy foods: Human foods containing sugars are just as bad for your pet’s teeth as they are for your pearly whites. It’s crucial that your pet receives essential nutrients from their food, so shop with natural and whole foods in mind.
Help them brush: It can be difficult to introduce your pet to a toothbrush, so start slowly and reward them throughout the process. Once you and your pet feel comfortable with the process, regular teeth brushing – with appropriate dog or cat toothpaste − is a great way to ensure and enhance your pet’s dental health. (Note: Never use human toothpaste on a pet.)
If you have a dog, you can provide safe and healthy chew toys to clean its teeth and gums on a regular basis.