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Pet Dental Disease

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The Hidden Menace of Pet Dental Disease: An Unseen Threat to Your Furry Friend's Health

As a devoted pet parent, you’re undoubtedly familiar with the joy and companionship your furry friend brings into your life. However, there's an often-overlooked aspect of pet care that can significantly impact their well-being: dental health. Astonishingly, 80% of cats and dogs over the age of three suffer from dental disease, a silent menace lurking in the mouths of our beloved pets.

The Brewing Storm: The Perils of Dental Disease in Pets

Dental disease in pets is far more than just a cosmetic issue. It's a progressive condition that can severely impact the overall health of your beloved companion. The journey starts with the formation of plaque, a sticky film on the teeth, primarily composed of bacteria. Left unchecked, this plaque hardens into tartar, leading to gingivitis – inflammation of the gums.

More Than Just Bad Breath: The Cascade of Dental Problems

The progression of dental disease doesn't stop at bad breath and yellow teeth. As the condition worsens, it can lead to periodontitis, a severe infection that damages the gums and can destroy the jawbone. This stage of dental disease is not only painful for your pet but can also lead to tooth loss and can introduce harmful bacteria into the bloodstream. This can have systemic effects, potentially impacting vital organs like the heart and kidneys.

The Silent Suffering of Our Pets

Unlike humans, pets are adept at hiding pain. Your furry friend may be suffering in silence, as dental discomfort is often not apparent until the condition has advanced significantly. Watch for subtle signs like decreased appetite, difficulty chewing, or pawing at the mouth, as these can be indicators of dental distress.

Introducing the Game-Changer: Shy Tiger's Natural Oral Supplement

Shy Tiger, a 100% Australian-owned pet care company, offers a groundbreaking solution: our Natural Oral Supplement. This product is a testament to our commitment to natural and holistic health practices for pets.

Oral Dental Supplement from Shy Tiger

A Natural Defense Against Dental Disease

Crafted by Dr. Nicole Rous, this supplement is a blend of three potent plant extracts, offering a safe and effective approach to improving your pet's oral health. By simply mixing it into your pet’s food daily, you provide a natural defense against dental disease.

Key Ingredients:

  • Ascophyllum nodosum: This brown seaweed, rich in iodine, prevents plaque from hardening into tartar, maintaining your pet's teeth naturally clean. It's essential to understand the role of iodine in pet health, particularly regarding thyroid function. While there has been some concern about iodine affecting the thyroid, it's important to note that the type of iodine found in Ascophyllum nodosum is different and safer than the synthetic iodide found in many processed foods. However, as responsible pet owners, it’s vital to proceed with education and awareness.

The Thyroid and Iodine: Understanding the Balance

The thyroid gland uses dietary iodine to produce essential hormones like thyroxine (T4) and triiodothyronine (T3). While high iodine intake can lead to hyperthyroidism, excessive levels can also trigger autoimmune thyroiditis, leading to an underactive thyroid. This condition can be counterintuitive but is essential to be aware of. Cats are more prone to hyperthyroidism, while dogs tend to hypothyroidism. But don't let this deter you from using seaweed supplements like Ascophyllum nodosum. If concerned, a simple blood test, total T4, can monitor thyroid function, providing peace of mind.

Backed by Science

A study published in PubMed (PMID: 30109236) found that dogs given edible treats containing Ascophyllum nodosum over 90 days exhibited significant improvements in dental health compared to those given a placebo. This included reduced plaque and calculus accumulation and better overall oral health status, validating the efficacy of Ascophyllum nodosum in pet dental care. Shy Tiger's Dental supplement harnesses the power of Ascophyllum nodosum and, in addition, two more natural plant extracts to create the most holistic dental supplement.

A Simple Solution to a Complex Problem

The use of Shy Tiger's Natural Oral Supplement is a proactive step in combating dental disease. It's a simple yet effective addition to your pet's diet, ensuring they receive the care they need for optimal dental health. Discover more about our range of holistic dental care solutions at Shy Tiger Dental Care.

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