Pet oral health can be difficult to maintain, especially when your four-legged friend hates having their teeth brushed or visiting the vet. But alongside these preventative measures, a healthy diet can be used. Just like with our teeth, we need to understand the importance of maintaining it.
Promoting good oral health and ensuring that your beloved pet doesn’t develop oral disease in the long term, it’s essential that as a pet owner you’re aware of the types of pet food that are suitable for them.
What Dog Food Will Help Their Oral Health?
To maintain your dog’s oral health, you want to give them food that will minimise plaque accumulation and prevent conditions such as gingivitis. As their mouth can harbour dangerous bacteria, it’s good to know what kind of food will help to clear this.
In particular, dry kibble can be used to clean their teeth. As they chew into it and pieces break apart they will help to rub off any tartar and plaque, preventing it from developing into gum disease.
Similarly, many vets recommend giving your dogs chewy treats, as a way of promoting clean teeth and fresh breath. However, with treats, it’s important that they aren’t too rich and that you aren’t giving a large quantity of them to your pet at a time – this can upset their tummy.
At Barking Heads, we offer both treats and dry dog food, which can be used alongside visiting the vets and brushing your dog’s teeth as a way of managing their oral health.
What Cat Food Will Help Their Oral Health?
In cats, periodontal disease starts when the bacteria from food accumulates, forming sticky plaque on the gums. Once this plaque has been on the teeth for a while, it develops into tartar. Although bad breath is a sign of this, there aren’t many early signs of gum disease – so people often leave it. But when left, their teeth can become inflamed, they might suffer from tooth loss or from damage to the kidneys, liver or heart.
So how do you promote your cat’s oral health? Similarly to a dog’s diet, dry food is also recommended. Although wet food is good to maintain a good overall health, dry food that contains nutrients such as zinc and ascorbic acid will help to reduce the amount of plaque on their teeth. Although cats aren’t as interested in chewy treats, similarly to dogs, they can be a good way of preventing oral diseases.
So, there you go! In order to control your pet’s oral health, it’s essential that your pet follows a healthy diet by eating food that will protect them from periodontal disease. Of course, alongside changing their diet, it’s advisable to visit your vet to ask for advice as to what the best food is for them. All pets are different. With different tastes and allergies, it’s essential that you discover what food is the most suitable for their individual needs.