Why dental care is a must for every dog and cat parent
Pet parents know, a happy pet brings immeasurable joy into a home. One cornerstone of ensuring this happiness is prioritizing their dental health.
Maintaining your pet's oral health is more than just preventing bad breath. It's about averting serious health issues like periodontal disease, which can lead to complications including heart and kidney problems.
Regular dental care can actually extend your pet's lifespan, making those playful grins not only brighter but also longer-lasting.
Brushing up on wellness
In a world where pet well-being is constantly evolving, staying on top of the newest trends is essential for every devoted pet parent. This year, dental health is taking center stage, promising more smiles and wagging tails. Let's dive into the trending ways to ensure your pet's pearly whites are sparkling and healthy.
From toothbrushes to tooth 'pawste'
Innovative Dental Products
Gone are the days of the standard toothbrushes. Say hello to the era of innovative dental products, which range from dental wipes to organic tooth 'pawste' infused with ingredients that offer a natural approach to dental care. These products are not just effective but are also creating a buzz in the pet wellness space.
We also love low-maintenance products like Pet Lab Co.'s dental formula, which can easily be added to your pet's water and helps protect from tartar and dental decay. And if your dog or cat is brush-averse, Pet Smile has ingenious toothpaste swabs that dispense paste easily and without hassle, so your pet can get a quick cleaning without fuss.
Chew on this: dental toys with benefits
Interactive Dental Toys
Interactive dental toys are making waves, offering dual benefits of entertainment and dental health. These toys are designed to clean your pet's teeth as they chew, helping to prevent tartar build-up and keeping their gums healthy, all while they play.
Diet matters: nutritional approaches to dental health
Dental Health-Boosting Diets
As more pet parents are embracing holistic approaches to pet care, the trend of incorporating dental health-boosting ingredients into pet diets is on the rise. From kibbles formulated to reduce plaque to dental health-specific treats, nutrition is playing a pivotal role in preventative dental care.
Most important is to ensure that your pet's food is free from any added sugars, which can increase tartar build-up and cavity formation.
It's also vital to ensure that your dog's food has an endorsement stamp from the Veterinary Oral Health Council (VOHC) on the packaging. This stamp is a testament to the product meeting the VOHC's standards for promoting dental health in dogs.
Keep it fresh: dental health apps
Technology to the Rescue
In the digital age, apps are becoming a pet parent's best friend. There are dozens of pet wellness and health apps, many which offer reminders for when it's time to brush your pet's teeth, tutorials on proper brushing techniques, and platforms to track your pet's dental health progress over time.
In fact, the Pet Cloud app has a space for reminders and access to a 24/7 live vet professional who can answer any issues that may arise, dental or otherwise.
As 2023 unfolds, it's evident that pet dental health trends are focusing on innovation, engagement, and holistic approaches. From tech-savvy solutions to nutrition-focused regimes, keeping your pet's dental health top-notch has never been more exciting. Embrace these trends and watch your pet flaunt the brightest smile in the park.
Lizz Caputo is the Manager of Content Strategy at Figo, animal enthusiast, and owner of a rescued senior American Bully. Her hobbies include checking out new restaurants in her area, boxing, and petting dogs of all shapes and sizes.