Did you know that your pet’s diet influences oral health? Your pet is your very best friend. Every single time you walk through the door your pet is so happy to see you that they practically smile at you.
How can you show your pet how much they mean to you?
Well, one way is to take care of that smile for your pet. Humans need to brush and floss their teeth regularly to keep their teeth, tongue, and gums in good condition.
Research has recently shown a link between good oral health in humans and a lower risk of heart disease.
If good oral health can have such a profound effect on people, then it only makes sense to consider the impact it can have on your little one.
It is important to brush your pet’s teeth frequently to keep plaque and tartar from becoming an issue. Even wiping their gums with a clean, damp cloth can be beneficial.
Your pet’s diet also plays a role in your pet’s oral health.
Do you typically feed your pet canned or dry pet food? What kind of treats and toys do you provide for your pet? All of these things can affect the likelihood of trouble with your pet’s teeth.
When your pet’s diet is nutritionally sound, containing essential vitamins, nutrients, and enzymes, your pet’s oral health will be at its very best.
Feeding dry pet food rather than a moist canned variety is best for your pet. The tiny kibbles’ hard surface rubs against the teeth to remove and reduce plaque.
The simple act of moistening the dry pet food with water or gravy eliminates this property from dry pet food.
Another factor to consider when you’re considering your pet’s diet influences oral health is the cost of pet food. The cost of pet food is one factor that is most important in the case of feeding pets with different kinds of food items.
Yes. This is true. The cost factor needs to be looked into from various perspectives during the preparation of the food items, required for the balanced feeding of dogs with proper vitamin and mineral supplementations in the food.
The treats you give your pet are part of your pet’s diet just like snacks are part of a person’s diet.
As humans, we tend to want to overlook our snacking habits, so it can be easy to overlook the treats you give your pet. This is not a good idea. Carefully consider any and all items your pet will consume.
Do you give your pet bones, catnip, rawhides, jerky treats, or pet biscuits? Maybe your pet prefers greenies or corn starch chews.
You may not have considered it, but tossing Spot a rawhide chew is like giving him a candy bar. The rawhide, for example, contains calories and is often provided between meals.
Many of the treats and snacks you provide in your pet’s diet can be just empty wasted calories.
Some treats, alternatively, provide an excellent opportunity to improve oral health. Greenies, rawhides, bones, and hard pet biscuits all help to keep tartar at bay.
The softer snacks, such as jerky treats, do not provide much relief from plaque. The healthy treat, on occasion, will also prevent your pet from having bad breath.
Nutritional requirements for your pet will vary by age and size. What they need as kittens and puppies will be very different than what they will need as an adult.
Be sure to follow the instructions on the bag to avoid feeding too much or too little. The average adult pet will need about one cup of food a day.
Pets appreciate consistency in their feeding schedules.
Try to feed them at the same time each day. Also, try to keep their bowls out of high traffic areas. It’s hard to eat your dinner when people are stepping on you!
Your pet’s diet must be healthy to ensure excellent oral health. Dry pet food is best whenever possible. Don’t forget to select treats for your pet that will enhance your pet’s diet.
It is especially important to avoid table scraps in your pet’s diet
We have all done it. Our cute, little furry friend is practically smiling at us from beneath the kitchen table. We know what they are after.
Just a tiny tidbit from dinner would be delightful, right? What could it hurt? It is just a bite or two after all.
People’s food is just that…for people. Pets’ nutritional needs are not the same as a human’s. Sure, we eat some of the same things, but feeding your pet from the table is one of the biggest mistakes for your pet.
A pet’s diet doesn’t require all the added goodies we put into our meals.
People have problems with obesity. Your pet can have this problem, as well. If your pet’s diet consists mostly of scraps from the dinner table, chances are high that they will have trouble maintaining a healthy weight.
Even a few pounds overweight can really make a difference in the quality and length of your pet’s life.
Certain people foods can harm your pet and should never be a part of their diet. There are a few occasions when a supplement or treat from the kitchen may be alright, but never in excess.
Talk to your veterinarian about healthy snacks for your pets. You will know that you are doing your best to maintain a high-quality diet for your pet.
To sum it all up.
Consciously monitoring your pet’s diet will positively influence their oral health. You can begin with new treats that promote healthy oral hygiene.
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