What Pet Food Can I Feed to Prevent Dental Disease?
Even though you're feeding your pet a good quality dry food, bones and dental treats, you may be surprised to discover your dog or cat is probably still suffering from dental disease.
Many pet owners believe that the occasional bone and Greenie or Dentastix is enough to ensure their pet’s mouth is free from any dental problems. Unfortunately, this is often not the case.
80% of pets over the age of three suffer from dental disease. That’s because just like humans, dogs and cats need to have their teeth cleaned regularly to get rid of food bits and the pesky bacteria they leave behind.
Dental disease is a significant life-limiting disease that affects all pets, particularly small dogs and cats. Unfortunately, it often goes undetected until your vet finally points out the problems going on in that mouth, leading to that awful smell. The saddest moments in my career as a vet have often been when a pet parent realises what their beloved pet has been suffering through for so long.
Unfortunately, the reality is that there are very few diets out there that actually do help keep your pet’s teeth clean, and many that make unsubstantiated claims. And for the most part, bones don’t really do a good job of keeping teeth clean. In fact, we see more problems with bones causing tooth fractures (particularly those hard marrow bones), getting stuck (in the back of the throat or in the intestines) or simply causing a nasty gastroenteritis or even pancreatitis (due to bacteria or the fat content).
So what pet food does work to ensure your cat or dog has a healthy mouth?
Hills t/d is a specially formulated pet food ideal for cats and dogs prone to dental disease. The slightly bigger pieces of kibble encourage chewing and the specially aligned fibres within the food scrub the teeth clean as your pet is chewing, so is particularly good at keeping those problem back teeth healthy. It reduces dental plaque and tartar, improves ‘doggy breath’ and mouth odour, and is great to prevent build-up of plaque after a dental clean at your vet.
Best of all, Hills t/d is one of the few diets with the Veterinary Oral Health Council seal of approval. The Veterinary Oral Health Council is an independent body that reviews research and awards the VOHC seal of approval to diets and products that do actually clean teeth. There are only a few pet diets that satisfy their requirements. Hills t/d is backed by sound research and science to provide exactly the nutrition and dental care your dog needs.
Below is a great video on how this food works to reduce dental plaque.
Of course, no pet food will cure your pet of serious dental disease. If your cat or dog already has significant dental disease (and therefore possibly pain when chewing), visiting your Love That Pet Vet Clinic & Wellness Campus for a free dental checkup is likely your best option.