Let’s talk teeth. Seriously. . . pet dental health is an extremely important part of your pet’s overall health and wellbeing. Just like humans, dental issues in cats and dogs could cause other health-related problems. Read our helpful tips for keeping those pearly whites protected!

Teeth Brushing

You brush your teeth twice a day, right? Well, you owe it to your pet to take care of brushing their teeth daily. Starting from a young age, use the toothbrush daily to create the habit to ensure they’re comfortable and calm while you brush away. Make sure you reward your pet with a few tasty treats, so it turned into a bonding experience and something they’ll learn to tolerate. Teeth brushing is the easiest way to prevent potential dental health issues in cats and dogs!

Regular Check-ups

Your pet’s teeth should be checked at least once a year by your veterinarian for early signs of a problem and to keep your pet’s mouth healthy. Have your pet’s teeth checked sooner if you observe any of the following problems: foul breath, broken/loose teeth, pain in or around the mouth, abnormal chewing, or swelling in the areas around the mouth. Remember to always take caution when evaluating your pet’s mouth, as this could cause irritation and pain.

Feed the Correct Food

A raw diet promotes oral health and can keep your dog’s mouth clean. Raw dog foods contain naturally occurring enzymes that help protect teeth and gums. And it’s just as import that they do NOT contain unnatural or damaging starches and sugars, which promotes unhealthy bacterial growth in their mouth.

If you’re looking for a place to start promoting oral health with raw food and treats, visit a local retailer and stop by a Vital Essentials RAW BAR to grab a few satisfying snacks that support healthy teeth and gums. Bully sticks and duck heads promote healthy chewing, and are a great source of protein and energy for dogs. Salmon skins are a great source of Omega 3 fatty acids and chicken necks provide energy and protein–both are great options for both cats and dogs!