Battling Dog Breath with Nutrition for Pet Dental Health

The old adage of “you are what you eat” holds true, no matter if you have two legs or four. While we all know that routine dental examinations and thorough cleanings under anesthesia are vital for keeping our pet’s teeth in tip top shape, there are other things that can help the cause. Wellesley-Natick Veterinary Hospital wants you to know all about how nutrition and pet dental health are related!

The Science of Bad Breath

When your pet eats something, particles of whatever he or she is chewing mix with saliva. Most of this goes down the esophagus and heads into the stomach for digestion, but inevitably there are small pieces of this mix that becomes stuck to the teeth. This sticky substance is known as plaque.

If not removed, plaque continues to coat the teeth and eventually becomes mineralized. This cement-like deposit is what is called tartar. Tartar is much more difficult to remove than plaque. Continue…

What To Expect At a Professional Pet Dental Exam

Brushing dogs teethLast month, we covered the importance of pet dental health and how it can aid in your pet’s overall health and longevity. In honor of National Pet Dental Health Month, starting February 1, we’d like to take a look professional dental care for your pet and it’s role as a key player in your pet’s wellness plan. Continue…

An Ounce of Prevention: Pet Dental Health Increases Longevity

iStock_000081523419_LargeWhen you think of your pet’s health, the idea of disease prevention likely comes to mind. Certainly, establishing good habits around nutrition and exercise are critical to good health, but a major component of your pet’s overall wellness is often overlooked.

If improving your pet’s dental health isn’t on your list of New Year’s resolutions, it should be! Keeping up with regular brushing, exams, and teeth cleanings can add years to your precious pet’s life. Continue…