Saturday, January 22, 2011

Bad breath ...more than just a faux Paw

Barks Fellow Canines!
the following is by guest blogger...My Mom!

Eat some dry kibble or reach for the Crest and the toothbrush, for most of us this is a no brainier.

But when it comes to Fifi and Fido there seems to be some confusion.
Many pet parents seem to feel feeding dry kibble and giving a dental chew now and again will result in movie star dog smiles.
In general, dry kibble does out-perform wet food when it comes to Fido or Fifi’s dental health. However since dogs use their back teeth to chew this leaves about 32 other teeth not being scraped at all with that dry kibble

Increasingly we seem to be finding out how established medical care is just as beneficial for our pets as for us. Why should anyone be shocked to learn that brushing a dogs teeth (or not) has the same consequences as it does for our own? Yet many of us bulk at the notion. Spare The Tartar...Enjoy Better Health!
Much has been documented on the detrimental effects of poor dental care on the overall health of our best friends.
Proper dental care isn’t just a matter of keeping your dog’s breath fresh — it’s critical for his overall health. Dogs don’t usually get cavities, but they’re susceptible to periodontal disease. Without proper dental care, approximately 75 percent of all dogs develop this condition by age 4.
With the growing selection of doggie dental care products, It's Never Been Easier to Care for your best friends Teeth .

Dental chews ,treats , biscuits continue to improve rapidly and help control plaque This is the same with rawhide and specially designed chew toys. Dental sprays, gels snd water additives can reduce plaque and tarter ,think of these as the equivalent of Us human ‘s Listerine and freshen up gums, all useful in a game plan for healthy teeth and gums , but not a replacement for brushing.
There is still no substitute for good old fashioned brushing and although Doggie dentures are now a possibility, I don’t imagine your pet is going to enjoy them nor your wallet.

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