February is Dental & Heart Month!

Oral Health & the Heart, keeping your pet in their best health with Pet Grocer.

Did you know that pets with a healthy mouth live a longer, healthier life?

Taking a bite out of bad breath is not just about keeping your pet’s teeth pearly white. Where tartar and odour lie, bad bacteria are sure to be found. Like our own bodies, your pet’s body is teeming with bacteria creating what is known as the microbiome. Different parts of the body have their own microbiome and keeping good and bad bacteria in balance is the key to better health. So what does that mean for your pet’s oral microbiome health?

In a balanced mouth those good bacteria will get to work keeping the teeth and gums clean and free of inflammation. If bad microbes find their way in and are given the right conditions to flourish we begin to see that sticky yellow tartar form on the tooth surface. Those bacteria meanies don’t just stick around the snout, they can easily travel through the body and often enter the bloodstream putting stress on the heart and other organs. 

How do I spot signs of imbalance in my pet’s mouth?

#1 - Bad Breath

If your dog can clear a room with halitosis you can bet that something is off inside that oral microbiome and quite possibly their gut.

#2 - Tartar & Plaque

Tartar is that sticky yellow build up that you may find on your pet’s teeth. When left to build up tartar will calcify and turn into plaque, that hard build up that often comes with bad doggie breath and is much harder to remove.

#3 - Gingivitis

Whether or not your pet is showing signs of plaque and tartar build up you want to be on the lookout for gingivitis. Gently lift your pet's jowls and take a close look at that gum line. Do you see a thin red line where the gum meets the tooth? That’s gingivitis, or inflammation or the gums. Left untreated it can weaken the gum line allowing for further inflammation and increased oral health issues. 

Yikes! Now what do I do?

1 - Get in there and take a look. Regularly looking in your pet’s mouth is important; it will allow you to keep an eye on changes and be proactive in your pet’s oral health. Check for lumps, bumps, loose teeth, and sensitive areas. Be proactive and on the lookout for changes.

2 - Feed Fresh, Healthy Foods. Raw, gently cooked, and home cooked diets that are full of fresh humanely raised meats and healthy fruits and veggies are a great way to assist with good oral health. If feeding a kibble diet, there are still great ways to up the fresh nutrition profile. Start by adding chopped raw or cooked veggies like broccoli, kale, and parsley if you have a dog. Think about adding a small amount of raw or cooked meats and fish for your cat or dog. Small additions of fresh, low carbohydrate options are a great step towards a healthy pet.

3 - Pre & Probiotics: Adding a high quality pre & probiotic supplement, like Adored Beast's Love Bugs, to your pet’s mealtime will help to bring both the gut and the mouth into a state of balance. Making sure pre-biotics are in the supplement further assist the support of good bacteria colonies and keep those unwanted microbes in check. We love that Love Bugs contains Larch, a great health supportive herbal ingredient, as their pre-biotic.

4 - Play & Tug: Games and playtime that use the mouth are a great way to keep your pet’s mouth actively clean. Toys and tugs meant to exercise the jaw and gently brush against the tooth massage the gums helping to provide necessary friction to wipe tartar away. Bones and other digestible chews also provide this friction and produce saliva while exercising and cleansing the mouth. 

5 - Brush & treat their teeth to some TLC. Regular brushing with a pet safe paste will help keep that sticky tartar at bay. Does your pet hate the toothbrush? Try wrapping some gauze around your finger and apply a bit of pet toothpaste. Gently rub your pet’s teeth, especially around the gum line. Keep it playful!

6 - Make a dental spray at home:

Probiotic Dental Spray


1 serving of Adored Beast Love Bugs

1 or 2 oz of spring water

A small spray bottle

Put water in your spray bottle and add the serving of probiotic. Shake until most of the supplement is dissolved and able to pass through the spray nozzle. 

Spray onto your pet's teeth 20 minutes before a meal. Empty remaining water & supplement mix onto your pet's meal before feeding.

Are you interested in learning more about your pet's oral health? Stay tuned for our new podcast launching later this month!

7 - Add effective dental health products to your pet's routine. 

Plaque Off is a finely granulated powder made using Norwegian Kelp, a brown alga rich in potassium, calcium, iodine and other essential vitamins and minerals. This all-natural granular powder will break away tartar and plaque around and between teeth and gums and give your pet healthy, clean teeth and fresh breath. 

Adding this supplement to your pet's food daily can help plaque soften and fall away. Once your pet's oral health is in check you can use Plaque Off intermittently at maintenance levels to keep plaque at bay.  

Leba III is an oral spray that balances the chemistry of the mouth keeping teeth clean and healthy. Leba stimulates enzymes found in salvia to change the chemistry in the mouth. This softens the tarter, which eventually, after a few weeks, causes the plaque to wear away and fall off. With no taste and made with human-grade ingredients, you can see results in just 4-6 weeks. To clean teeth you will initially give treatments twice a day, morning and night. It will take more or less time depending on the breed, age and genetics. Every pet has a different chemistry & their maintenance schedule will vary. After the initial cleaning, space out the treatments gradually, until you find the necessary frequency for your pet.

Want to learn more about your pet's dental health?

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