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Dental care for pets preserves teeth and health

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NATURE'S PET MARKET - Karen SottileTaking care of your pet's teeth isn't just to minimize stinky breath.

Pet dental health is crucial because dogs and cats don't have the level of enzymes in their saliva that humans do. Your pets are even more prone to plaque and tartar buildup and gum disease than you are.

It's less expensive and ultimately healthier for your pet to receive daily dental care, rather than wait until there's an emergency such as a gum infection, a tooth removal or onset of heart disease (to which poor dental health is a contributing factor). Regular veterinary visits are key.

For dogs, raw beef bones or chicken necks that are frozen are very appealing and do a good job of scraping off plaque and tartar. Freezing them makes them harder to gnaw on and the bones are less messy.

Brush daily, starting when your dog is a puppy so he or she becomes accustomed to it.

Use specially formulated toothpaste or gel (dog and cat blends are different) that contain chlorophyll for fresh breath. Use a special three-headed pet toothbrush to clean all sides of the teeth.

Dental chews that help clean the teeth tend to be made out of potato or rice starch, are easy to digest and contain chlorophyll for fresher breath. Also use a daily water additive, which is like mouthwash. We carry an organic brand that's made in Eugene.

We're eager to help you keep your pet healthy, happy and chewing!

Taking care of your pet's teeth isn't just to minimize stinky breath.

Pet dental health is crucial because dogs and cats don't have the level of enzymes in their saliva that humans do. Your pets are even more prone to plaque and tartar buildup and gum disease than you are.

It's less expensive and ultimately healthier for your pet to receive daily dental care, rather than wait until there's an emergency such as a gum infection, a tooth removal or onset of heart disease (to which poor dental health is a contributing factor). Regular veterinary visits are key.

For dogs, raw beef bones or chicken necks that are frozen are very appealing and do a good job of scraping off plaque and tartar. Freezing them makes them harder to gnaw on and the bones are less messy.

Brush daily, starting when your dog is a puppy so he or she becomes accustomed to it.

Use specially formulated toothpaste or gel (dog and cat blends are different) that contain chlorophyll for fresh breath. Use a special three-headed pet toothbrush to clean all sides of the teeth.

Dental chews that help clean the teeth tend to be made out of potato or rice starch, are easy to digest and contain chlorophyll for fresher breath. Also use a daily water additive, which is like mouthwash. We carry an organic brand that's made in Eugene.

We're eager to help you keep your pet healthy, happy and chewing!

Nature's Pet Market

901 SW Highland Drive, Suite 9

Gresham, OR 97080

971-220-1501

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