Dental problems are the number one health issue for pets, yet dental health still tends to be overlooked. To address the significance of oral health care for pets, the AVMA and several veterinary groups are sponsoring National Pet Dental Health Month in February.
As with humans, pets need regular dental cleaning to prevent tartar and plaque. Scheduling regular dental exams with your pet’s veterinarian is the first step in making sure your pet’s teeth and gums are healthy. Next, it’s important to establish a regular home dental maintenance plan for your pet in between veterinarian visits.
The experts at Pet Valu, a leading retailer of pet supplies, offer these suggestions:
Clean your dog’s teeth daily: Devoting just a few minutes a day to cleaning your dog’s teeth will improve its health in the long run and can help to decrease veterinary costs. Pet Valu sells a variety of oral cleansing methods ranging from traditional toothbrushes to dental foams and sprays, including the Tropiclean Oral care kit, which consists of a standard toothbrush, finger toothbrush, and tooth paste. Tropiclean Dental Foam and DentaTreat dental spray will provide your dog the full dental cleaning he needs. In addition, Pet Valu offers oral water supplements and additives to keep your pet’s teeth strong and healthy. Though daily brushing is the most effective practice for healthy teeth and gums, foams, sprays and supplements will to help keep your pet’s mouth healthy.
Use toys for healthy teeth: Toys are an efficient way to let your pet have fun and help keep its teeth clean at the same time. Pet Valu offers hundreds of dental toys including Flossies, Loofah Chews and Liquid Floss, a spray and flossing chew toy, which they believe is a healthy way to entertain your dog.
Get your Dog Chewing: Studies have shown that active, frequent chewing reduces plaque build-up in dogs' mouths. Therefore, giving your dog dental treats such as Greenies are a tasty yet effective method to maintain your canine's oral health. Some of the other dental treats your dog might like include Blue Buffalo BLUE Bones, Zukes Z-bones, and Smart and Tasty treats, Paragon chews and Dentasix. All are available at Pet Valu in various sizes and quantities.
Pet Valu is a specialty retailer that sells high quality pet supplies at reasonable prices. The company sells premium pet foods, toys and accessories in more than 400 stores in the United States and Canada.
To learn more about Pet Valu and find a store near you, visit their website at www.petvalu.com. In addition to their products, you'll also find extensive information on pet nutrition, fitness, and overall wellness.
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