March 24, 2014

4 Ways to Better Your Pet’s Dental Care

Filed under: Cats,Dog Oral Care,Dogs,Dr. Loridawn's Lessons — Tags: , , — Dr. Loridawn Gordon @ 7:03 pm

dental_care_dogs_catsImagine going a week without brushing your teeth. Not the best thought. Now imagine a month and a year – not a pleasant, is it? We have been taught at a young age to brush our teeth at least once a day, hopefully two, and to floss. Taking care of our teeth helps fight mouth diseases like gingivitis and periodontitis. This is all true for your pets too.

The unpleasant smell that comes from your cat or dog’s mouth is not normal. Consider the smell as an alert to you, the person your pet relies on to stay healthy, as something needs to be taken care of. The reason that your pet’s dental health is very important is because health issues that start in the mouth, can spread around the body, and lead to even more serious health concerns.

It may seem unusual to clean your cat or dog’s teeth – but this is a habit that you should start right when your furry friend joins your family.

Let’s discuss four ways that you can improve your cat or dog’s dental care.

Brush, Brush, Brush for Dental Care

Purchase a cat or dog friendly toothpaste that is naturally enzymatic. An enzymatic toothpaste will help break down plaque in your cat/dog’s mouth without the actually brushing action of a toothbrush. This doesn’t mean that you should avoid brushing your pet’s teeth – you should still brush the plaque away.

It is best to start brushing your pet’s teeth at a young age, because it will become a daily habit that they are use to – just like it is for you. Your cat or dog is not going to willingly let you brush their teeth, so you will need to ease them into this habit.

A few tips I can offer you, for brushing your pet’s teeth include:

1. Be patient.
2. Go slow when starting.
3. Be patient.
4. Making this a daily activity will go a long way with making your pet feel comfortable.
5. Be patient.
6. If it is too difficult to start off with a toothbrush, use a gauze or washcloth wrapped around your finger when first starting to brush.
7. Be patient!

Diet for Dental Health

I always advocate for a raw diet because of the many health benefits it brings to your pet, and when considering dental health, there is no exception. A raw diet mimics the pulling and tearing of flesh that is ingrained in your pet’s DNA, helping keep the teeth in a healthy shape. Moreover, it stimulates clean gums and teeth.

Natural Supplements and Natural Remedies for Dental Health

Calendula is a herbal anti-inflammatory that can help prevent gum disease. Just rub this herbal solution onto your cat or dog’s gums for a healthier mouth.

CoQ10 is a supplement that you can include in your pet’s diet. CoQ10, like calendula, will reduce inflammation in the gums.

A vitamin that is readily available and can easily be added to your pet’s diet is Vitamin C. Vitamin C will not only help boost your cat or dog’s immune system, but will also support that tissues that help hold teeth in place. The result? A healthier mouth.

Visit the Vet for Dental Care

The last and very important way, for you to keep on top of your cat or dog’s health is by visiting the vet regularly. A vet will be able to provide you with a deeper cleaning, like we receive from the dentist. A vet may also notice irregularities in your furry friend’s mouth that you may have not noticed. It has never hurt to get an expert opinion when it concerns your cat or dog’s health.

Do you have other ways that you keep your cat or dog’s healthy? Share them with me below.

Disclaimer: 1st Pet Naturals is an education resource, and all information herein is strictly for educational purposes. It is not intended to diagnose, treat, prevent, or cure disease, nor is it meant to replace the (prescribed) treatment or recommendations of your veterinarian or healthcare provider. Always inform your veterinarian or healthcare provider of any products that your pet is taking, including herbal remedies and supplements.