Love Your Pet But Hate His Breath?!?

We all want to get close to our pets, to snuggle up with them on the couch or to move in close for a selfie. But what happens if your pet's breath is a killer? How will that picture look when you don't want to get too close? Not to worry, there are lots of options for freshening your pet's breath! But let's understand that if the breath is bad, there's probably an underlying cause that needs to be addressed.

It's estimated that over 80% of all dogs & cats will have some type of periodontal disease by age three. Since evidence suggests a strong link between a healthy mouth and a healthy body, we need to take this seriously. 

Cats have 30 adult teeth, and dogs have 42. While that might seem like a lot of teeth to clean, it helps to get yourself and your pet into the toothbrushing habit at an early age. Brushing is truly the best way to remove plaque before it becomes tartar (which is much more difficult to remove). It's important to use toothpaste made specifically for dogs or cats; it won't foam the way our toothpaste does, which would cause your pet to throw up.

If you can't get in there and brush, there are lots of "brushless" alternatives. For instance, we carry vet-recommended Oxyfresh products.  They easily whiten teeth, freshen breath, and help prevent plaque & tartar...and best of all, they're odorless and tasteless so even the pickiest pets will be cooperative!  We  recommend chews such as Merrick Fresh Kisses and Greenies Dental Chews. For a treat with dental benefits, consider Earth Animal All Natural Chicken Cutlet with the brushed-on benefit of fresher breath.

For the most natural dental care, try adding some raw food or bones to your pet's diet. Raw foods like Stella & Chewy's, Primal, or Northwest Naturals contain naturally occuring enzymes that help protect teeth and gums. They don't stick to the pet's teeth, and they add acid that helps rid the body of plaque forming bacteria.

For more information about dental care, stop by Jake's Pet Supply and have us show you how easy it is to take care of your pet's oral hygiene. There's more at stake than just the breath!

For your convenience, we can deliver any dental items on this site, plus any others in stock that are not shown on our website. Just call the store & ask to have them added to your order.

 

 

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