A Dental Dilemma: Are Dog Dental Treats Worth It?

Dog chewing dental treat.

Sure, your dog loves their daily dental treat. They love anything edible, really. But when you are purchasing these dog dental chews (probably spending a lot of money each month), you may wonder if they stack up to the hype. 

Dental chews are an easy go-to for pet owners who want an easier way to care for their dog’s dental care. In reality, there are some things to consider about relying on dental treats for all that it’s promised to do.

The team at MarketPlace Veterinary Hospital is here to give you the insight into what to expect with dental chews for your Fido friend.

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What A Smile! Tips for Brushing Your Pet’s Teeth

A person brushes a dog's teeth.

As humans, brushing our teeth is (hopefully)part of our daily routine. Without it, we know that plaque, tartar, and odor would build up until the acrid taste and ache of disease emanated unpleasantly from our mouths.

Our pets might not have the ability to brush their own teeth, but they are at risk for these same oral health issues without regular efforts to keep the teeth and gums clean. Many modern pet owners are coming to understand the important role that pet dental health has on an animal’s health and longevity. Keeping your furry friend’s teeth clean also vastly improves the condition of their breath.

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Beyond Fresh Breath: The Importance of Pet Dental Care

El Dorodo Hills dog's teeth

Judging by the amount of toothpaste and mouthwash commercials on TV, it would appear that most of us are on board with dental hygiene. Although we can’t imagine not brushing our teeth every day and checking in with the dentist a couple of times per year, the majority of pet owners ignore their furry friend’s oral health. 

According to the American Veterinary Dental Association, up to 80% of dogs and 70% of cats have some form of dental disease by the time they reach the age of 3. When left unchecked, dental disease can result in pain, tooth decay, tooth loss, and infection, both of the tissues in the mouth and the vital organs of the body. Poor oral health can actually decrease your pet’s lifespan!

Preventive pet dental care is a vital component of your pet’s well being, and MarketPlace Veterinary Hospital wants you to understand how regular home care, routine examinations, and professional dental cleanings can help.

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