Home    Subscribe    Write for Us    FAQ    Contact    HubGarden    Login

Dental Health for Your Pet

by Colleen P Moyne (Colmo) (follow)
I'm a freelance writer living in the beautiful river town of Mannum in SA, dreaming of the day I can retire from the 9-5 to write full time.
Pet Care (144)      Pet Ownership (74)      Health (39)      Pets (30)      Feeding (27)      Pet Health (14)      Dental Care (1)     


Happy Whippet Dog
Image courtesy of wikimedia commons

We know how to take care of our own teeth, right? We also know when something is not right with our teeth, and what to do about it.

But what about our pets? Dental health was less of an issue for their wild ancestors due to the absence of processed foods. They hunted and foraged and ate only raw foods, gnawing on bones to keep their teeth and gums healthy. If they chipped or lost a tooth it was generally through fighting or biting down on something hard, and they just carried on regardless.



Happy Whippet Dog
Image courtesy of flickr.com

But our pets today are not as hardy as their ancestors. It’s impractical to feed them only hard, raw foods and most of the options available today are processed with all kinds of additives and preservatives.

Looking along the supermarket shelves at what is on offer today, it’s no wonder that dental health is an issue.

But we can still make sensible choices for our pets. While ‘beef in gravy’ or ‘chicken casserole’ sound delicious to us, they are not the wisest choices for a long-term diet for our pets and should be seen as an occasional treat.



Happy Whippet Dog
Image courtesy of wikipedia

Dogs and cats need to chew and crunch their food in order to keep their teeth and gums healthy.

Here are a few suggestions that will help:

Feed your pet a quality brand of kibble and make sure you also provide plenty of fresh water.



Happy Whippet Dog
Image courtesy of flickr.com

Give your pet an occasional treat of charcoal biscuits. These clean their teeth and keep their breath fresh.

You can purchase a special toothbrush and paste for your pet. It won’t take them long to get used to – and even enjoy – having their teeth brushed.



Cat with Chew Toy
Image courtesy of flickr.com

Provide chew toys that massage their gums as they chew. (Healthy gums should be pink in colour.)

Limit soft foods to occasional treats.

Don’t feed your pet sweet treats no matter how much they beg for it. Sweets are bad for their teeth and for their health in general.

Get your pet’s teeth checked at regular intervals.



Cat with Chew Toy
Image courtesy of wikimedia commons

Consider an occasional professional clean. Speak with your veterinarian about this.

Our pets can’t tell us when they are experiencing pain or discomfort so we need to be diligent about preventative measures for them. After all, our pets are family and deserve the same standard of care.

Editor's Note: February is Pet Dental Health Month. This is a great time to speak with your local veterinarian about your pet's dental health.

#Pets
#Pet Care
#Feeding
#Pet Health
#Health
#Dental Care
#Pet Ownership
I like this Article - 3
Do you have a pet story or helpful tips and tricks to share with other pet owners? You can get paid for submitting your original articles, product reviews or pet tips! Apply here.
More Articles by Colleen P Moyne (Colmo)
We’ve all heard the saying %%’You can’t teach an old dog new tricks’%% but there is plenty of eviden...
5 likes
If you are considering what breed of dog you might like to purchase, let me tell you about Alfie
3 likes
Christmas is a time when we all eat foods that we may not have at other times of the year – and of c...
3 likes
Christmas is a wonderful time to get together with family and friends, to celebrate and enjoy some t...
4 likes
Making the decision to take your dog to obedience training is usually based on one of three things...
3 likes
I've heard so many people complain that their pet is a fussy eater and will only eat a certain foo...
4 likes
view all articles by Colleen P Moyne (Colmo)
Articles by Colleen P Moyne (Colmo) on Other Hubs
We all have an awareness inside of us that can be quite difficult to define, but we certainly ...
164 views
Not all of us love coffee but those of us that do, know a good one from a bad one
427 views
It’s time to wrap up for another year and to begin to look forward to the year ahead
3 likes
ID: 31554
[ Submit a Comment ]
Trending Articles
I love cats and usually find gifs of cats amusing or cute
7 likes
Perhaps you have read a few articles on %%Ready For Pets%% and have decided you would like to cont...
5 likes
There are times in life when two households with existing pets will combine, and it can be quite d...
5 likes
Cats are fascinating creatures
5 likes
Taking your dog for a walk sounds pretty easy
5 likes
Perhaps you have written articles for other Hub Garden hubs and now you want to have a go at writi...
5 likes
Dogs are being used as companion animals for people with an increasing number of specialised needs...
5 likes
Most people are aware of the close relationship between cats and the people of Ancient Egypt some ...
5 likes
There is a saying that you learn something new every day and this certainly is the case if you use...
5 likes
April is Stress Awareness Month in many countries
3 likes
Categories
Dogs (161)
Cats (71)
Birds (13)
Horses (3)
Health (39)
Pets (30)
Feeding (27)
Safety (10)
Dog (5)
Llamas (4)
Summer (4)
Dental (3)
Diet (3)
Toxic (3)
Stress (3)
Grief (3)
Fleas (3)
Cat (3)
Fowl (3)
Featured on Other Hubs
 
Copyright 2012-2018 On Topic Media PTY LTD. ABN 18113479226. mobile version