Dental Disease, Diet and Natural Remedies in Your Dog and Cat
Updated: Dec 27, 2020
Did you know that dental disease is the most common disease that will affect your pet?
Over 80% of dogs and cats will be affected by 2 years of age!
Dental disease starts with food particles that stick to the enamel of your pet's teeth. If the food particles aren't removed, then this can turn into what's called dental plaque. Dental plaque is a sticky biofilm that adheres to the tooth surface and returns in 24 hours even when it's been removed. Over time, this dental plaque can turn into a hard substance called tartar. Tartar is a deposit of calcium carbonate and calcium phosphate and forms by combining with the calcium cations present in the saliva. Tartar is not able to brushed off and can usually only be removed by abrasive action from the dental scalar during a dental cleaning at the veterinarian clinic.
Have you been told that the mechanical action of chewing kibble will prevent tartar buildup on your dog and cat's teeth?
Unfortunately, kibble may actually be contributing to the amount of dental disease that is present in our pets. Kibble contains high levels of sugars and simple carbohydrates that provides readily available nutrition for the bacteria in our pet's oral cavities. Most commercial dry pet foods actually contain over 40% sugars and carbohydrates! On top of that, many of these foods contain corn and soy glutens that leave microparticles adhering to the teeth.
What can you do to help prevent your pets from developing dental disease?
By feeding biologically appropriate diets, you can help our pets not only achieve better dental health, but also support their overall immune systems and health in general. This is just one of the many things that you can implement into your pet's everyday routines to support whole body health and wellness. Learn more about how a balanced home-made diet can benefit your pets today.
Take back control of your pet's health by integrating natural remedies into your pet's care today. Comment below with what you're going to start implementing today to help your pet achieve optimal health and thrive naturally.
In this short video, you will learn about:
What is dental disease
How nutrition can contribute to more severe dental disease
If raw meaty bones can help
What dental chews are recommended and which to avoid
Antioxidants that can help
How fatty acids can reduce dental disease
Probiotics and their role in the oral microbiome
Other natural remedies that can help reduce or prevent dental disease
Need further help with nutrition for your dog or cat, click here to learn what a nutritional consult for your pet entails.
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*Disclaimer: This information is for educational purposes only and is not intended to replace the advice of your own veterinarian or doctor. Dr. Katie Woodley cannot answer specific questions about your pet's medical issues or make medical recommendations for your pet without first establishing a veterinarian-client-patient relationship.