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Treats or Treatments? Do Dentastix Work?

Many dog owners accept stinky breath as a matter of course. Especially if your dog is getting older, you may think that increasingly bad breath is simply a normal consequence of aging.  When it comes to a dog’s dental health, there are a lot of factors at play. In addition to age, the breed of your dog will also affect their oral hygiene. Certain breeds of smaller dogs have a more crowded mouth, which creates additional difficulties for cleaning.

In a half hearted attempt to tame the funk, many dog owners turn to Dentastix. They claim to clean your dog’s teeth and freshen their breath, but do Dentastix actually work? Dentastix, and similar products, can certainly help your dog’s dental hygiene. But how do you know if Dentastix are working? You need to pay attention to how long it takes your dog to eat them. If the doggo takes his or her time to chow on the treat, that means they’re getting the most out of it and that it’s cleaning their teeth properly. If they wolf (*rim shot*) the Dentastix down like some table scraps, however, then they aren’t getting any benefit from the treat and they could end up looking like this pooch:

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Dentastix and other types of dental treats can be helpful but should only serve as supplements to visiting the vet for a proper teeth cleaning and checkup. It’s smart to check with a specialist to find out what specific cleaning methods are most beneficial for your dog. At ZippiVet, your dog can get an affordable, quick, high-quality teeth cleaning that will not only keep your dog’s breath fresh but preserve their oral hygiene, which makes for a happier (and more fragrant) companion.

Head, Shoulders, Knees and Teeth: Why Pet Dental Isn’t A Luxury

Pet Dental

As a pup parent you probably buy healthy dog food, take your dog to annual vet visits and the groomer, and make sure they get plenty of exercise – but are you neglecting one of the most important parts of taking care of your dog? Dental diseases, such as periodontal disease, are the most common diseases afflicting dogs today. Pet dental care is vitally important for your pet’s overall well-being and one that owners frequently neglect

Why is pet dental care important?

Nearly 8 out of 10 dogs are diagnosed with dental diseases by the time they are three years old. These troublesome diseases are caused by an aggressive build up of tartar on the teeth and gums and can result in:

  • bad breath
  • excessive drooling
  • pain when eating or chewing
  • refusal to eat
  • weight loss
  • lethargy
  • some bacterias can even travel to the kidney, liver and heart to become fatal

While these conditions are treatable, advanced dental disease may require extensive treatment or surgery, resulting in you having to spend big money on something that can be prevented with regular care and attention.

How do I keep my pets’ teeth healthy?

Just like humans, the best way to avoid dental disease in dogs is by taking care of your pup’s pearly whites. Proper dental care today will help avoid future issues and save your pup a lot of pain and you a lot of money. ZippiVet offers full service dental care including:

  • comfortable, affordable cleanings
  • dental exams for pups as young as 8 weeks old
  • advanced treatment options and oral surgery
  • tips and tricks for at home cleaning

Why don’t people take care of their pets’ teeth?

For many pet owners, dental care is viewed as a luxury. Cleanings at the vet can cost hundreds of dollars and most dogs aren’t exactly excited to have their teeth brushed at home. As part of our mission to provide the best possible care for dogs and cats in Austin, ZippiVet includes dental care in our ZippiCare plans. For $39.95 a month, animals enrolled in ZippiCare receive a full yearly dental treatment (which includes comprehensive blood work, anesthesia, cleaning and radiographs) as well as all of their veterinary needs – parasite control, vaccines and boosters, and unlimited exams!

Schedule an appointment or sign up for ZippiCare to get your dog’s dental health plan started!