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Pet Dental Care Matters

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Why Pet Dental Care Matters More Than You Think

Silent Suffering: The Hidden Epidemic of Pet Dental Disease

Picture this: a concerned pet owner comes into my clinic, cradling their beloved dog in their arms. The dog winces, clearly in pain. The owner's distress is palpable as they recount their dog's recent reluctance to eat and constant pawing at its mouth. As a veterinarian, I've seen this scenario play out far too often.

These pet parents genuinely believe they're taking care of their furry companions' health. They diligently schedule vet appointments, provide nutritious food, and lavish them with love. Yet, despite their best efforts, their pets suffer in silence.

Dog with tooth decay

The culprit? Dental disease. 

Unlike humans, pets can't vocalise their dental discomfort. There are no clear signs. It's a silent enemy, progressing stealthily, often without obvious symptoms until it reaches a severe stage, causing significant pain and necessitating costly treatments.

And therein lies the tragedy. The pain, the suffering—all preventable with proper dental care.

As a veterinarian, I've made it my mission to educate pet owners about the importance of dental hygiene. It's not just about fresh breath; it's about preventing the buildup of harmful bacteria, plaque, and tartar. It's about ensuring our furry companions live happy, pain-free lives. 

The Foundation of Dental Hygiene

Let's dive deeper into the fundamentals of pet dental hygiene. Studies show that up to 80% of dogs over the age of three will develop periodontal disease (AVDC, 2021). Many pet owners mistakenly believe dental care begins and ends with breath fresheners or that kibble cleans teeth. While pleasant-smelling breath is a bonus, the real benefits lie in preventing plaque and tartar buildup. 

A dog with a toothbrush in it's mouth

Regular brushing is the gold standard for maintaining your pet's dental health. Just like humans, pets accumulate plaque—a sticky film—on their teeth after meals. If left unchecked, this plaque hardens into tartar, leading to gum disease and tooth loss (AAHA, 2021).

By incorporating regular teeth brushing into your pet's routine, you're not just freshening their breath; you're safeguarding them against systemic issues like kidney and heart ailments, and promoting long-term health.

Supplements and Diet for Optimal Dental Health

Dog eating out of a pet bowl with a dental supplement next to him.

In addition to regular brushing, supplements and diet play crucial roles in maintaining your pet's dental hygiene. Ascophyllum nododsum, zinc sulfate, and sodium tri polyphosphate are scientifically proven to aid dental health. These compounds, when incorporated into your pet's routine, can significantly reduce plaque and tartar buildup, primarily through slowing the plaque to tartar conversion.

Bowl filled with raw meat and vegetables.But dental health isn't just about what goes into your pet's mouth; it's also about what goes into their bowl. Unfortunately, the common belief that kibble cleans their teeth is simply not true. If it were, we wouldn’t have the frightening statistic that 80% of pets by the age of three suffer from dental disease. Raw, meaty bones and fresh, balanced whole food diets can promote oral health naturally. These options not only provide nutrition but also encourage a more natural biome in the mouth, reducing inflammation and promoting overall well-being. However, do consult your local vet first before doing dietary transitions if concerned, to mitigate digestive issues.

The Cost of Neglect

Dog getting dental surgery

Neglecting dental hygiene in pets can have dire consequences. From gum disease to systemic issues affecting vital organs, the repercussions can be severe. And the financial toll? It's not insignificant. Dental procedures can be costly, and many insurance companies don't always cover them.

But it doesn't have to be this way. By prioritising dental care, you're not just saving money in the long run; you're ensuring your pet's quality of life. But I understand that starting a dental routine can feel overwhelming, that’s why I'm offering our comprehensive Dental Kit. Tailored for both post-surgery recovery and everyday use, our kit empowers pet parents to maintain optimal dental hygiene effortlessly.

Shy Tiger Dental Card Kit for Pets

Our kit includes: 

  1. Natural Dental Polish: Our toothpaste is meticulously vet-formulated with natural ingredients, including Calcium Carbonate, to effectively remove plaque and freshen breath without any harmful chemicals. It's effortless to use—simply apply it with our Finger Brush or Bamboo Dog Toothbrush, or swipe it across their gums for optimal dental care. 
  1. Natural Oral Supplement: Our supplement harnesses the power of potent plant-based ingredients like Ascophyllum Nodosum to target plaque, tartar, and bad breath. Simply sprinkle it into their food, and observe the transformative effects after just a week of consistent use.
  1. Finger Brush: Perfect for introducing dental care to pets, our silicone finger brush offers easy access and gentle cleaning for your pet's teeth and gums. 
  1. Bamboo Toothbrush: Crafted with sustainable bamboo, our toothbrush not only promotes your dog’s dental health but also contributes to environmental sustainability. 

A Brighter Future for You and Your Pet

It's never too late to start prioritising your pet's dental hygiene, and with our Dental Kit, you have all the tools you need to make a positive change.

A woman with her dog.

Remember, every small effort you make towards your pet's dental care matters. Whether it's incorporating regular teeth brushing into their routine, providing supplements for optimal dental health, or feeding them a nutritious diet, every action adds up to a healthier, happier life for your beloved pet.

Our Dental Kit is more than just a solution; it's a promise of better days ahead. All natural, gentle, effective, and with scientifically proven ingredients, you can rest assured that you're providing the best possible care for your pet's teeth and gums.

So let's embark on this journey together, towards a brighter, healthier future for your beloved companion. Together, we can ensure that you and your pet enjoy a lifetime of smiles, wagging tails, and boundless joy.


  1. American Veterinary Dental College. (2021). Periodontal Disease.
  2. American Animal Hospital Association. (2021). Pet Dental Care.
  3. American Veterinary Medical Association. (2020). Pet Dental Care. 
A pet bowl filled with fresh raw food.

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