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Benefits of a Dental Diet

Do you find it difficult to brush your dog’s teeth on a daily basis? Visit your veterinarian to see if a dental diet is right for your pet.

What is a Dental Diet?

Dental diets are a complete and balanced diet that helps reduce tartar build up. Also supports joint health and helps regulate the digestive system. The texture and shape of the kibble provide a brushing effect on your pets’ teeth. Oral health is essential for your pet; there is a known association between oral health issues and general health issues, such as the heart, kidney and metabolic system. If your pet has special nutritional or medical needs, a dental diet may not be recommended for a daily maintenance diet.

What kind of products should you look for?

The Veterinary Oral Health Council has reviewed many dental diets and treats and accepted only those that meet the required standards, such as being a complete and balanced diet and has components that are capable of brushing the tooth surface. Here are some examples of dental diets.

  • Royal Canin Feline Dental
  • Royal Canin Canine Dental
  • Royal Canin Canine Dental Small Dog
  • Hills Prescription Diet Feline t/d
  • Hills Prescription Diet Canine t/d
  • Hills Prescription Diet Canine t/d Small Dog

Written by Ashley A., VT


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