If the love of your life has four legs the following pet dental advice may come in useful.
Should the love of your life happen to have four legs, don’t let bad breath keep you apart.
Stinky breath is one of the first signs of dental disease, the most common health problem diagnosed in cats and dogs aged three years and older.
If you catch an unpleasant whiff each time you get close, it’s time for a visit to your pet’s dentist – the vet.
Dental disease is not only unpleasant, it can be potentially life-threatening, warns Dr Guy Fyvie, veterinary advisor for Hill’s Pet Nutrition. “The bacteria present in the mouth can affect the pet’s heart, liver and kidneys.”
To keep your pet’s mouth healthy and its breath fresh follow these three simple steps:
- Ask your veterinarian to give you pet a dental check.
- Regular tooth brushing will remove plaque and is recommended as the ‘gold standard’ of pet dental care. Use a pet toothpaste and soft brush. Brushing is not always easy to accomplish, particularly in older pets, so it’s best to start regular tooth cleaning from a young age.
- Feed a food clinically proven to help clean your pet’s teeth as it eats; Hill’s Science Plan Oral Care and Hill’s Prescription Diet® t/d are the only complete foods in South Africa that have been awarded the Veterinary Oral Health Council Seal of Acceptance for plaque and tartar control. The kibbles have a patented fibre matrix that works like an edible toothbrush as your pet eats, gently scrubbing the exposed tooth and cleaning away plaque and thus avoiding tartar build-up.
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Hill’s Science Plan Oral Care is a complete food that offers daily dental protection, combining great nutrition, high quality ingredients and a kibble that is clinically proven to help reduce plaque and tartar. Available for cats (1.5kgs @ RRP R142 / 5kgs @ RRP R385) from vet shops and vet practices.
Hill’s Prescription Diet t/d is therapeutic food, prescribed by veterinarians for cats and dogs that are at risk of dental disease or under-going dental treatment. It is suitable for long-term feeding and clinically proven to help reduce the build-up of tartar, plaque and stain. Available exclusively from veterinary practices. Feline 1.5kgs RRP R139 and Canine 1.5kgs RRP R135, 3kgs RRP R239 and 10kgs RRP R629.
For more information visit www.HillsPet.co.za.