Did you know that three quarters of all dogs and cats older than three years suffer from dental problems? This can lead to smelly breath, health-threatening inflammation and a lot of pain. We like to help with advice and info for healthy pet teeth!
Of course, your pet doesn't deserve that! If you know what to look for, you can prevent a lot of trouble.
Dogs and cats naturally have a scissor bite, with the upper teeth spaced out in front of the lower teeth, which is very usefull for 'cutting' meat. They can't chew like us humans do. Puppies and kittens are born without teeth. From the second/third week after birth they get their first baby teeth, which after about three/five months give way to permanent teeth. After changing the milk teeth, a cat has 30 teeth and a dog 42.
Changing teeth can take several months and the passage of new teeth can be painful. As a result, young pets may have less appetite, gnaw at things and, just like small children, be a bit weary. Tip: chewing on a large frozen carrot can provide relief!
Dental plaque and tartar
The food residue that remains in your dog's or cat's mouth after eating is used as fuel by bacteria. These bacteria leave behind waste products that form a thin layer of plaque on the teeth. In combination with calcium in the saliva, plaque can turn into tartar, which can cause unpleasant inflammation and a lot of pain. You better be ahead of these issues, because you'll need a veterinarian and possibly a unpleasant treatment as well.
Symptoms of dental problems
- Smelly breath
- Yellow or brown tarnish
- Coloured teeth
- Red and thick gums
- Change of eating habits, for example, not wanting to chew anymore
- Not wanting to chew or eat at all
- Being awake or restless more often
- Shaking the head or rubbing against objects
- Dropping toys or blood stains on chews or toys
Maybe you've experienced it yourself: an inflammation in your mouth can be extremely painful and your mood will suffer. Does your dog growl when you want to touch him? Or does your cat twist his head away when you want to stroke him? Those reactions can be a very good indication of dental problems!
Growling can indicate dental problems!
Checking your dog's or cat's teeth regularly is very important. Healthy teeth without plaque or tartar can be recognized by white teeth and pink gums. You can read how to check and brush your animal's teeth in our manual.Brushing teeth can help keep teeth clean. Prins Train & Care can be a great help in teaching you how to do this.
Did you know?
Almost all veterinarians recommend brushing teeth, but only 2 percent of the pet owners do it regularly!
In addition to regular brushing, good chewing is very important to keep your dog's or cat's teeth clean. Nutrition can play an important role in this, but it’s also important that your animal chews its food properly. Crunchy kibbles are harder and can help keep teeth clean but, again, you háve to chew on them!
Scatter out kibbles or offering them in a food puzzle can help your pet to chew better. It ensures that your animal really has to take the time to find and eat the kibble one by one and prevents from swallowing a whole kibble at a time.
Healthy teeth can be recognized by white teeth and pink gums.
Size and shape
Prins has several dog and cat feed with a larger and/or adapted kibble shape to stimulate chewing, such as:
- ProCare Protection pressed dog food (larger chunk)
- ProCare Protection Croque, ProCare Croque and Fit Selection crunchy feed for dogs (harder kibble)
- VitalCare Adult Maxi and VitalCare Protection Maxi Deluxe crunchy foods for cats (larger kibble)
- VitalCare Indoor and VitalCare MultiCat crunchy feed for cats (adapted shape, kibble in the shape of a 'cross')
Prins VitalCare Protection crunchy cat feed contain hexametaphosphate, a mineral that removes calcium from the saliva so that tartar cannot form. Small dogs often have more dental problems. That's why Prins Protection Croque Mini crunchy dog feed also contains hexametaphosphate to support clean teeth and to reduce the formation of plaque.
Did you know?
Dogs and cats don't get cavities as fast as humans. The effect of sugar is not as bad for them as it is for us humans. This is because the saliva of dogs is less acidic, which reduces the rate of cavities in the enamel.
Dental care products
In the pet shop you will find various dental care products such as mouth gel, mouthwash and tartar powder, a wide choice of chew snacks and toys that will help to clean the teeth. Watch out with too hard chewing material. If it's almost indestructible, your pet can literally break its teeth on it! It is often the back teeth that tear. This can cause an inflammation and abscess, which often becomes visible as a thick lump under the eye of your pet.
Do you have a question about the health of your pet? We like to sink our teeth into it! Our CareTeam is there for you with advice and guidance.