At the count of three, everyone grabs their own toothbrush. 1, 2…3!
Why is that? Because February is Pet Dental Health Month! While the overall picture may not seem too appealing at first glance, the fact remains that the dental hygiene of our faithful companions is a very serious matter. But let us reassure you right away: this does not mean sharing your toothbrush with your cat or dog. That’s a big no!
Instead, you can protect the teeth of your little friend by following these 3 simple rules.
- Provide your dog with a diet designed to help clean his teeth naturally. Our baking process makes our kibbles crumbly. The food fragments have an abrasive effect on his teeth, which contributes to your pet’s oral health by dislodging tartar that accumulates near his gums.
- Although it’s not always a simple thing to do, you should brush your pet’s teeth regularly. But just avoid using your own toothpaste, as it contains fluoride.
- Last but not least, you should call your veterinarian for assistance. Your vet can remove tartar from your pet’s teeth in a flash.
Do we really need a Dental Health Month?
Well, the answer is yes! Studies show that the older our pets get, the poorer their oral health becomes. According to the Veterinarian Association, 80% of dogs over 3 years of age and 70% of cats the same age suffer from poor dental hygiene.
As a result, tartar build-up on your pet’s teeth acts like a sponge, trapping bacteria and food debris. The greater the accumulation, the greater the risk of inflamed gums. Many pets suffer in silence and the result can be much more serious than bad breath.
In fact, tartar can be accompanied by dental ulcers, bleeding gums or loss of bone density in the jaw. In some cases, poor hygiene can actually lead to respiratory infections, heart problems or even kidney damage. By regularly monitoring your pet’s dentition, you can prevent a lot of suffering.
Tip: Tartar usually appears on the back teeth. If you see red or bloody gums, it’s time to call your veterinarian.
Our Contribution: Dental Treats
At Oven-Baked Tradition, we don’t just talk about dental hygiene. We are committed to making food that contributes to your pet’s good oral health. It is in this vein that we have developed a delicious dental treat for dogs. Try rewarding your doggie with one of these! Its tokens of affection will be accompanied by a comforting fresh scent, and its bright smile will make you blush!