February is National Pet Dental Health Month. Good oral health is important to a pet’s overall wellness but it often falls below bone, joint, and skin care. It is estimated that over 80% of pets have significant oral pathology leading to increased vet visits and in some cases costly treatments. If a pet’s teeth and gums are neglected, plaque and tartar can accumulate, which can cause more serious conditions that can affect the animal’s heart, liver or lungs.
To help you get ready for National Pet Dental Health Month we put together the best pet dental products we have to offer.
These products are designed to be used daily and are either added to the pet’s water or are sprayed directly onto the teeth and gums.
Water additives are great alternatives for pets that don’t exactly enjoy getting their teeth and gums brushed. Water additives use enzymes that help break down plaque, tartar, and bacteria, which helps to reduce bad breath. They often also contain ingredients or flavorings such as mint that improve the smell of the breath.
Dental sprays are designed to freshen breath and fight bacteria or to work on plaque and tartar. Some products such as Paw Brothers Dental Spray Complete freshens breath and fights to reduce plaque and tartar.
A dog’s natural chewing action helps to massage gums and to remove plaque and tartar. Dental chews and treats are designed to promote chewing action and often contain ingredients such as mint or parsley that naturally freshen breath.
Toys that are marketed as dental toys are designed with textures and ridges that get to all the dental surfaces to help remove plaque and tartar and massage gums. Some are infused with mint flavor or scent to help promote chewing and to freshen breath. Toys can also be sprayed with dental sprays for additional flavor and bacteria fighting power.
Treat dispensing toys such as the Kong toys can be used with dental treats and pastes to further enhance the dental benefits.
Teething toys help to keep a puppy’s teeth clean and fight tartar build up. Teething toys satisfy a puppy’s natural urge to chew, discourage destructive chewing and keep the puppy from getting bored.
If you’re a pet professional, Dental Kits are a great way to stock up and merchandise dental products to your customers. These kits usually include a toothbrush, finger brush and toothpaste. Finger brushes can sometimes be tricky for the average pet owner and even for some groomers. Ez Dog finger brushes have a special palm grip that make it easier to use and prevents the brush from falling off in the pet’s mouth and causing a choking risk.
Bulk toothbrushes and finger brushes such as Paw Brothers canisters of 50 are a great economical choice for kennels, grooming shops, and veterinary offices.
Dental pastes and gels can be used with a finger brush or toothbrush. Like many human toothpastes they contain ingredients such as baking soda and mint to whiten teeth, reduce plaque and tartar and freshen breath. Some people prefer mint-flavored pastes or gel because of the scent while others prefer poultry or beef flavors because these tend to be more easily tolerated by the pet.
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