October is National Dental Hygiene Awareness Month, which is a good opportunity to examine the oral health of the whole family - including pets. Many people will go to great lengths to ensure their pets' joint and digestive health, but forget to tend to the teeth of their dogs and cats.
Recently, a survey has found including some dry food into an animal's diet can may significantly improve their dental health. Researchers also found that brushing pets' teeth regularly and giving them dental chews can help them have stronger teeth.
"Gum disease is one of the most frequently diagnosed oral diseases in cats and dogs, with signs ranging from mild gingivitis to tooth loss," said scientist and study author Catherine Buckley, D.V.M.
The researchers also noted that pets were more likely to have oral health problems when they were fed home-prepared meals. Individuals need to remember that what may be good for people may not be beneficial for their cats and dogs. Those who prefer feeding their pets wet food can continue to do so, but they may want to consider adding some dry options on occasion.
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