Pet oral hygiene is the leading health issue in both dogs and cats over the age of two. Why? Because the pet owner has not been educated nor trained how to properly manage their pet's oral care. There are numerous myths on pet bad breath and an effective breath remedy for your pets.
Myth 1: Pet bad breath is primarily caused by what my pet eats. The type of food dogs eat is not a major contributor to their bad breath. There are many more significant contributing factors like oral health, secretions and how your pet chews. Pet oral odors are created by particles of food and bacterial changes that occur in an unhealthy mouth. In an unhealthy mouth, bacteria dominate the environment and these bacteria have a very strong sulfur-based smell.
Myth 2: Pet bad breath is irritating but if I can stand it so can my pet. Dental disease does not affect just the mouth. It can lead to more serious health problems. Periodontal bacteria can enter the bloodstream and travel to major organs and begin new infections. This in turn could affect your pet's heart, liver and kidneys.
Myth 3: It helps give my pet human mouthwash. Most human mouthrinses are ineffective and can cause more harm than good. Many contain a very high level of alcohol and are meant to be used and spit into a sink. Needless to say, your pet can't spit. Alcohol rinses can dry the mouth and make the pet breath odor worse. Pets need a safe oral hygiene system geared for their needs. It doesn't do you or your pet any good to have a solution that simply masks odors.
A proper breath remedy for your pets should include regular wellness examinations at your local veterinarian and a good pet oral hygiene solution. This helps reduce plaque and tartar formation that can lead to life-threatening periodontal disease. Up to 80 percent of dogs and 70 percent of cats over the age of three suffer from periodontal disease, a serious deterioration of the gums and supporting bones of the teeth.
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