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These Teeth Are Made For Chompin'

Posted by sitstaydogs

Feb 18, 2014 8:13:43 AM

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And that's just what they'll do ... 

Have you ever been having a nice game of fetch or tug of war when all of a sudden you catch a whiff of your dog’s bad breath? While it’s easy to tease our dogs about needing a breath mint, we shouldn’t brush off our pets' bad breath. Bad breath may be a sign of more serious problems, such as damage to our pet’s teeth and gums, or even internal organs, according to the American Veterinary Medical Association.

Dental care is not only important for people, but for our four-legged companions as well. According to the American Veterinary Dental College, most dogs and cats have some evidence of periodontal (gum) disease by the time they are three years old. Some symptoms of dental disease include bad breath, excessive drooling, a reluctance to eat, listlessness, and discolored teeth. Imagine what your mouth would look like if you never brushed your teeth.

With February being National Pet Dental Health Month, there’s no better time to learn about the importance of our pet’s dental health and what role we can play in keeping our pets healthy.

Not only is it important to regularly check your pet’s teeth and gums for any discoloration or inflammation, it’s equally as important to keep up with your pet’s teeth by cleaning and brushing them as often as possible. But because your dog probably isn’t too crazy about having his teeth brushed everyday (I know mine isn't), SitStay carries various toys and treats that will make it much easier to keep his teeth clean.

Emerald Pet Canine Dental Treats are treats designed with your dog’s dental health in mind. The outer layer focuses on your dog’s dental care while the inner layer, made with real parsley, dill and spearmint, freshens your dog’s breath. Toys and treats that require your dog to do a lot of chewing are great for your dog’s teeth. Zuke’s Z-Bone, a grain free dental chew, is easy to digest with an ideal texture that helps to scrape and polish teeth. Made with powerful breath freshening herbs and healthy whole food antioxidants, and offered in a variety of flavors, the Z-Bone will both keep your dog busy and clean his teeth. The Kong Dental Rope cleans your dog’s teeth and gums as she chews. Easy to toss, fun to tug, this multi-purpose toy has patented grooves that clean teeth and gums as your dog chews.

While daily dental care may not be a feasible option, there are plenty of treats and toys to help make maintaining your dog’s dental health a cinch.

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