National Pet Dental Health Month

It’s February, which means it’s once again
National Pet Dental Health Month. Current estimates show that approximately 75%
of cats and dogs over the age of three suffer from poor dental health. Oral
disease represents the most commonly diagnosed health problem for companion
animals. While considered an inconvenience by many pet parents, proper dental
care is a necessary component for overall health, as oral disease can lead to
internal organ damage.

Pet parents need to be on the lookout for several
dental disease warning signs, including …
• Tartar build up
• Receding, bleeding or swollen
• Discolored or fractured teeth
• Foul breath
• Changes in eating habits
• Excessive drooling
• Sores on the lips or

If you note any of these symptoms,
it’s imperative that you schedule an appointment with your vet to discuss
possible courses of action.

The best way
to prevent onset of oral disease and infection is through brushing teeth with a
pet-approved toothpaste. Don’t, under any circumstances, use human
toothpaste, as dogs and cats swallow toothpaste, and they cannot process the
chemicals in our over-the-counter brands. While committing to brushing your
companion’s teeth regularly will go a long way to prevent dental disease,
you should also …

• Encourage play with toys that will help to
abrade debris from teeth and gums
• Provide dental chews to reduce the build up
of plaque and tartar
• Schedule regular dental exams with your
• Feed food that promotes a healthy digestive

Did you know that certain breeds
of dogs and cats are genetically predisposed to dental illnesses? According to
recent data, the Maltese ranks highest among purebred dogs with persistent tooth
and gum problems. In the cat world, the Siamese and the Abyssinian, charming as
they are, both have serious tooth problems and often teeth pulled during their

The quality of your pet’s food can
also contribute to the onset of periodontal disease. Low quality foods can cause
gastrointestinal problems, which can lead to bad breath. Easily digestible foods
like Life’s Abundance not only provide high-quality nourishment, but also work
to promote intestinal health.

HealthyPetNet, we take dental health seriously. As pet parents ourselves, we
know how difficult it can be to establish a consistent oral care routine.
That’s why we’ve developed several products to address these
critical issues, before they become major

With HealthyPetNet’s
Oral Care
, you can maintain a healthy routine without your companion
animals even noticing! This formula is the ultimate breath enhancer and dental
health promoter, perfect for dogs and for cats. It features refreshing mint oils
along with the cleansing action of Yucca to neutralize offensive digestive tract
odors that can contribute to bad breath. Simply add a capful of this tasteless,
odorless liquid to your pet’s water to help maintain a healthy and pleasant
smelling mouth. Like all of HealthyPetNet’s products, you’ll find it
effective and safe, all without the use of harsh

As veterinarians will tell
you, almost as important as brushing is friction from chewing something tough
but malleable (actual bones are not generally recommended). The majority of
chewable “bones” for dogs on the market today are made from rawhide,
which is difficult to digest and can cause severe intestinal problems. But there
is a healthier option! Made with easy-to-digest pork skin, HealthyPetNet Dental
are a tasty and healthy alternative to rawhide. Dental Chews
provide an optimal texture to help scrape tartar and plaque from teeth. And
we’ve included a blend of mint and chlorophyll that will keeps dogs
happily chewing their way to cleaner teeth, healthier gums and fresher

Every now and again, we like to
reward our beloved pups with a special indulgence. But you may have noticed that
many of the popular treats on the market are laden with refined sugars, chemical
preservatives, and artificial flavors and colors. Once again, HealthyPetNet has
got your pet dental needs covered! Our Gourmet
Dental Treats
are made with a special blend of harvest grains, creamy
peanut butter and natural honey. This unique recipe includes hefty helpings of
calcium and phosphorus to support healthy teeth and bones. We’ve also
added parsley to sweeten the breath. With Gourmet Dental Treats, you’ll be
helping to support dental health and treating your dog to scrumptious oven-baked

As you can see, just by taking
a few simple steps, you can help your companion animal enjoy a lifetime of
dental health.

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