Mar,2017

Taking care of your dog and cat’s teeth

Mars Petcare’s Guide to Good Oral Care

Everyone knows that looking after your teeth is important, but that’s also true of our pets.

Good oral care is vital to keeping our pets happy and healthy. It’s often hard to tell if a dog or cat is suffering from poor oral care because all too often they suffer in silence, since their natural behaviour is to hide pain.

Most owners are not aware their pet has gum disease, yet it is the most common problem that adult dogs and cats suffer from. The disease begins when bacteria stick to the surface of the teeth, forming dental plaque. If the plaque isn’t removed, it hardens to form tartar within just a few days. The bacteria within plaque and tartar damage the gum tissues and structures supporting the teeth, and gum disease develops. Small dogs in particular are at risk of gum disease. Their teeth are often very crowded and therefore harbour plaque more readily.

It is not always easy to spot gum disease but checking your pet’s mouth daily will really help. Use the “3 B’s” guide to help you by looking out for the following:

Bad breath

Bad breath in dogs and cats is not normal and is almost always a sign of underlying gum disease.

Bleeding gums

Bleeding gums are a sign of gum disease as the plaque bacteria attack the gum tissue, causing it to become inflamed and bleed.

Behaviour

Gradual changes in behaviour, for example, becoming less lively, sociable or fussy with food can be a sign that your pet is suffering from gum disease. If you notice any of these signs, then a trip to the vet with your pet for a thorough oral check-up would be the best thing to do.

Top Tips to Help Take Care of Teeth:

Just like humans, keeping pet’s teeth healthy is easy to do if you build the right routine:

  • Brushing your pet’s teeth is the best way to ensure good oral health:
    • Train your dog as a puppy to get it used to having teeth brushed. Remember to use dog toothpaste that does not contain fluoride.
    • Start brushing older dogs’ teeth as soon as they have been cleaned by your vet – it’s never too late! Click here to read our simple how to guide.
    • Cats can be trained to have their teeth brushed too! If you are interested in finding out more about this, please speak to your vet.
  • Mars Petcare have a range of oral care products that can be used as an integral part of an effective oral care regime.
  • Pedigree® DentaStix® has a unique X shape and, when fed daily, its special texture is scientifically proven to help reduce the build-up of tartar by up to 80%. They work through a combination of special texture and active ingredients.
  • Pedigree ® DentaFlex® is a longer lasting dental chew proven to reduce the build-up of plaque close to the gum line for a deep clean. When fed twice a week, the special texture and active ingredients are scientifically proven to reduce the build-up of plaque at the gum line.
  • Whiskas ® Dentabites ® are designed, when fed daily, to reduce the build-up of tartar on cats' teeth. They have a special texture that is designed to gently clean tiny cat teeth, whilst helping to reduce the buildup of dental deposits. They are also the first cat treat with a British Veterinary Dental Association endorsement!
  • Remember, only use oral care treats that have been scientifically proven to reduce plaque and tartar build up, such as daily Pedigree DentaStix or twice weekly Pedigree DentaFlex for dogs and Whiskas Dentabites for cats.

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