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Animals Teeth

Guest Author - Diana Geiger

Pets can have periodontal disease in fact the majority do. This can lead to early death, strokes, heart disease diabetes, and awful infections. What can you do?

All pets that have teeth, not just dogs and cats, can have problems with their teeth, gums, anything in the mouth. It is up to you to keep a close watch on the mouth and to keep the teeth and gums clean. The ease of keeping an eye on their mouth will depend on the species of animal.

You can control their diets so that certain foods donít cause bacterial buildup in the mouth (junk foods, soft foods, never sugar). Make sure the veterinarian looks at the gums and teeth each time they visit the veterinarian.

With some animals it is possible to brush the teeth. Make sure you use toothpaste made for animals. These animals canít spit as a human can therefore, canít use the same toothpaste that humans do.

One sure sign that something is amiss is bad breath. Bad breath usually signals a mouth problem though it could also be a gastrointestinal problem. Find a vet that is knowledgeable about dental procedures and have your pet examined.

The problem with dental hygiene and pets is that all pets that have teeth are different and require different diets. One thing we can all do is keep a close watch on our petís mouth and catch any problem before it gets any worst. It is a huge problem and could account for many of our petís problems.

I have seen oral care products that are suppose to clean the mouth, prevent gum disease, and other problems, I have never used them so I donít know if they work or not. In fact, I found a lot of private websites selling such products. I saw nothing noting the products had been tested. I would worry about the safety of the products.

Amazon has two products Better Breath Teeth & Gums for Felines - 4 oz Ė Liquid, or Dog Better Breath, Teeth, & Gums by King Bio - 4oz.Is it possible to use these products off label? I have no idea if it should be used off label, and on what animals it would be safe, if any.

Many of us have "off label" animals as pets and without checking some of these products out with a veterinarian I wouldnít want to mess with these products on animals that are not dogs or cats.

PetzLife Oral Care Gel Wild Salmon Oil 4oz states it is safe for pets. This is supposed to be for tarter control. It has herbs and salmon oil and doesnít appear to be harmful. I believe it may be safe on some of our exotic pets. The other products I have seen concerned me a great deal. Again, call your veterinarian for their advice PetzLife Oral Care Gel Wild Salmon Oil 4oz




Teeth and pets are getting to be big business. Of course, the reason the business is growing is because there is a need. The more that is learned about dental problems and the relationship to the body the more we are aware of the need of taking care of our petís teeth. Veterinarian schools didnít teach dentistry. If they have started of late I am not aware. There are a number of new animals and dentistry practices opening.

I read the news item Keep pets' choppers in tip-top shape to protect their health and found it very interesting and wanted to pass in along to you.

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