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As we continue through National Pet Dental Health Month, we want to make sure that people don’t think that a professional vet cleaning is the only strategy pet parents have at our disposal — there’s actually so much we can do! In our Blog “Have You Looked In Your Pets Mouth?” we talked about products we that can help with your pets dental health.  But, did you know that diet and feeding strategies can also make a huge difference in your pet’s dental health?

Most wolves and coyotes in the wild have very strong, clean teeth.  Animal experts have studied this at great length so that thankfully, most of us will never need to confirm it in ourselves! But the reason it’s true is because of their diet. These wild canine cousins regularly eat a raw diet that includes meat, gristle, fibrous tissue, cartilage, and actual bone. The chewing process itself is so abrasive to their teeth and gums that it breaks down plaque formations and “scrubs” teeth on a daily basis.

In much the same way, a raw diet can help control tartar build-up on the teeth of our pets. You may notice that most commercial raw food are prepared to some degree — ground up and often shaped into forms that are convenient to store and/or feed. However, these patties and pieces still contain tiny bone fragments that have the similar effect as a fine-grit sandpaper. When your pet chews these foods, the mild abrasive process helps to scour teeth and gums by breaking down existing plaque and tartar deposits.

As we have talked about before, kibble is like having a crunchy snack like popcorn, pretzels, or a granola bar. It does not clean your pet’s teeth or gums. Do you remember how those felt in your mouth? Did your teeth feel refreshingly clean afterward? Kibble has something in common with these snacks: It basically begins its life as a starchy carbohydrate, which is then ground into paste that’s hardened or baked into tiny nuggets that are easy to feed. When your pet’s saliva breaks these nuggets down, they revert to their starchy, pasty form inside the mouth. This paste works its way between teeth and adheres to the gum line. Unless it’s dislodged somehow, that’s where it stays. See our recent blog for some of those products that can help dislodge and clean when feeding kibble.

Raw foods, on the other hand, are composed largely of meat proteins and natural enzymes. Proteins take longer to digest, so they aren’t broken down as quickly by saliva in the mouth. Enzymes immediately go to work dissolving residues on your pet’s teeth. And of course, we have already mentioned that tiny abrasive fragments act like a scrubbing toothbrush. When you feed your pet a raw diet, starch residues around the teeth are kept to a minimum and the chewing process itself begins to work in your pet’s favor.

If you want to learn more about your pets’ dental health or adding raw food into their diet, stop into any Two Bostons and one of expert Team Members can help you!

 

 

Did you know that February is National Pet Dental Health Month? It is…really!

Here are some fun facts about your dog’s teeth:

  1. Good oral care can add about 4 to 6 years to the life expectancy of your best friend.
  2. Puppies have 28 baby teeth and start to get their adult teeth at around 4 months. They will end up with 42 permanent teeth.
  3. The number one myth of pet oral hygiene is that eating a diet of kibble keeps the teeth clean. This is simply not factual. It would be like us thinking eating cereal or a granola bar keeps our teeth clean. Kibble leaves a coating on the teeth than needs to be removed.
  4. Dogs can and do get gum disease ~ and it hurts.

What are the symptoms of gum disease?

Yellow and brown build-up of tartar near the gum line, red and inflamed gums, and yes stinky (and persistent) bad breath.

You can certainly make oral care part of your dog’s grooming or vet visits; however, it is easy to take steps at home to ensure great oral health as well.  Here are just a few easy at home options:

Dental Bones by PawsIQ ~ These dental bones have all natural ingredients of chlorophyll (from alfalfa), parsley, fennel, dill, and peppermint that work together to freshen breath from the inside out. Dental Bones can also help remove tartar and plaque as your dog chews on their new favorite treat. Protect your dog’s teeth and gums the natural way with this made-in-USA treat! No wheat, soy, corn, artificial flavors, animal by-products, no gluten, no added sugars or salts.

Zymox Breath Freshener by Pet King Brands, Inc. ~ This fine focused spray contains enzymes that inhibit harmful odor-causing bacteria and remove plaque biofilm. Maintain your dog or cat’s oral health and freshen their breath with this gentle, soothing formula. It works great to help eliminate dryness, irritation, inflammation and redness. Relieves and protects your pet’s mouth tissues. It is safe to use every day, and contains no alcohol, xylitol or chlorhexidine.


Twistix Vanilla Mint Dental Treats by NPIC
~ There’s no need to get all twisted about oral care when you have these dental treats.  They freshen breath, help remove plaque, and your pups will love chewing them! This dental treat has a vanilla side that’s specially formulated to clean teeth and scrub plaque and tarter while your dog chews. Then there is the mint side, with peppermint, parsley and alfalfa to make breath smell kissable clean!

Stop in and talk to one of our expert team members about what the best product is for your pet and lifestyle!

 

Many people think that a professional vet cleaning is the only strategy we pet owners have to provide oral care…but there is actually so much more we can do!  In a couple of our last Blogs: BRUSHLESS Oral Care! and Another Brushless Option!, we talked about safeguarding and dental products for our furry friends. Today, we consider some diet and feeding strategies that yes, truly can make a huge difference in your pet’s Dental Health!

Most wolves and coyotes in the wild have very strong, clean teeth.  Animal experts have studied this at great length so that thankfully we don’t have to get up-close-and-personal with them!  The reason this is true is mostly because of their diet.  These wild canine cousins regularly eat a raw diet that includes meat, gristle, fibrous tissue, cartilage, and actual bone.  The chewing process itself is so abrasive to their teeth and gums that it breaks down plaque formations and “scrubs” teeth on a daily basis.

 

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The right diet choices can actually work in your pet’s favor, breaking down plaque deposits inside the mouth and exerting a toothbrush-like scrubbing action that keeps teeth and gums healthy.

 

In much the same way, a raw diet can help control tartar build-up on the teeth of our pets too.  You may have noticed that most raw foods that you will see at the store are prepared to some degree – ground up and often shaped into forms that are convenient to store and feed.  These patties and pieces still contain tiny bone fragments so that when your pet chews, the mild abrasive process helps to scour teeth and gums by breaking down existing plaque and tartar deposits.

Now, most people have been told or believe that hard kibble provides the same benefits because it’s so crunchy.  Well, this is a BIG Myth.  To learn more about why this is a myth watch this short video.

Raw foods are composed largely of meat proteins and natural enzymes.  Proteins take longer to digest, so they aren’t broken down as quickly by saliva in the mouth.  Enzymes immediately go to work dissolving residues on your pet’s teeth.  And of course, we have already mentioned that tiny abrasive fragments act like a scrubbing toothbrush.  When you feed your pet a raw diet, starchy residues around the teeth are kept to a minimum and the chewing process itself begins to work in your pet’s favor.

There are dozens of healthy, natural raw options to choose from – featuring whole-food ingredients and palatable proteins like turkey, beef, duck, venison, chicken, rabbit, salmon and more. These foods have the added benefit of nutrition labels that are free of animal by-products, artificial additives and preservatives.  If you want to try putting a raw option into your pets diet, anyone on the Two Bostons team would be happy to help you customize a diet plan specific to your pet.

Did you know that you can ADD 3-4 years to your pet’s life by providing good oral care?  This fact is why I want to make sure that you know about all of the amazing and EASY products that we carry to add those years to your furry family member!

In last weeks Blog: Brushless Oral CareI told you about our Zymox products.  Today, I am going to tell you about another Brushless option for you that you pup will love…because it is a treat!  It is a win-win for everyone.

This yummy treat is a very easy and convenient brushless toothpaste…The Breath-Less Brushless-ToothPaste from Ark Naturals is a dental chew that has effective ridges that will clean all areas of your dog’s mouth.  Here are all of the reasons that make this product so great:ArkNaturals-Brushless

  • They have a patented toothpaste on the inside that takes care of plaque, tarter and bacteria control
  • They smell fresh because of the fresh flavor ingredients of chlorophyll, cinnamon, vanilla and clove
  • Ends brushing
  • Helps reduce bad breath and stained teeth
  • No: Wheat, corn, soy, yeast, artificial colors, flavors or preservatives
  • Easy to chew, easy to digest
  • These chews come in three different sizes, Mini, Medium, and Large
  • They are safe for cats too!
  • Made in the USA

oral-health-say-cheese-dog-toothbrushThat list is pretty impressive…I should also tell you about a product that we get a lot of questions about that we DO NOT carry.

Most of you have probably seen a commercial or have heard of Greenies. They are one of the best selling dental treats in the country…but you will never see them at a Two Bostons store.  These chews have caused many dogs to have blockages in the stomach and intestines because of ingredient that creates a gooey substance called wheat gluten. Intestinal blockages = sick pets, possible surgery and possible death.  Not good.

So I hope that you will stop in and try one of the Brushless Oral Care Options that we have today.  Our team members will make sure that you get the right product that fits your pets and your lifestyle and needs!

We all know how important good oral care is for our pets…but sometimes it is hard to stay on on top of it. February is always a good reminder and dental check-in because it is National Pet Dental Health Awareness Month!dog-cat-toothbrush

Do you brush your dog or cat’s teeth?

Probably not…for most of us we would have to tackle them and hold them down, and who wants to go through all of that stress.  So you have probably gotten the chews to keep your pet’s teeth clean between cleanings, which you should still continue to use…but we have a solution for you to get that deep down clean!

Zymox Brushless Enzymatic Oral Care Therapy by Pet King Brands Inc.  Each of these products will provide an excellent oral protection against bad breath, plaque and periodontal disease without wrestling your pets to the ground…because all of the products are BRUSHLESS!

Here is how it works…it contains two patented, natural enzyme systems that inhibit odor causing bacteria from growing and removes plaque. It will boost the natural oral flora as well.  This gentle formula will help eliminate dryness, irritation, inflammation and redness. Plus there is no alcohol, xylitol or chlorhexidine.

You can rub the Dental Gel on the teeth.  This formula provides the highest concentration of cleaning.  It relieves, soothes and protects the mouth from dryness, irritation, inflammation and redness.  This is really great for cats and dogs who don’t drink a lot of water.

The Water Additive is flavorless and you literally just add it to your pet’s water. Yep!  That’s it.  Add it to the water and you’ve cared for your pet’s teeth.  (So no more excuses!) You will get better care if you use the water additive in addition to the gel; however, if you have a pet who’s mouth is just impossible to get near, this is a great option!

Finally, the Breath Freshener. This nifty spray delivers a fine and focused spray to your pet’s mouth.  Simply point and spray.  So easy, yet so effective!

Don’t let another year go by to think about your pets’ oral care.  Check out these great brushless products by Zymox today!  And of course any of our highly trained team members can answer any questions you may have about your pets oral care.

Ark Natural Breath-Less Treats

One of our pup's favorite dental chews

 

Did you know that you can add 3-4 years to your pet’s life by providing good oral care? That’s amazing and it can be pretty simple too by giving them a treat that they love.

Ark Natural’s Breath-less Chewable is a great combination of something essential to good health and tastes yummy, too. This convenient Brushless Toothpaste comes in 3 sizes for Mini, Medium, and Large dogs. These are completely safe for cats as well. They smell very fresh with ingredients such as cinnamon, vanilla, chlorophyll, and clove. In the center is a toothpaste that is activated with the pets’ chewing motion. This helps control bacteria, plaque and tartar.

It is always interesting to see how our furry customers react to new products. The fact of the matter is that even though we know and think it is a great product, we really hold our breath (no pun intended:) until we see if people and their pets come back for more. This is the real test! I can honestly say that I have been amazed at how many customers are returning to get another bag or three of these dental chews. The Ark Natural’s Brushless Toothpaste definitely gets 2 paws up from this crowd!

Most people know about Greenies and they are one of the best selling dental treats in the country. As many of you know, Andy and I don’t have anything in our store that we don’t feel comfortable giving our own dogs…so, we would never carry Greenies. These chews used to include an ingredient called wheat gluten that can create a gooey substance that can cause blockages in the stomach and intestines. Intestinal blockages=sick pets, possible surgery and possible death. Not good.

So, if you are interested in adding a few years to your pet’s life and being able to cuddle without plugging your nose, click here for some amazing, healthy, and safe ways to provide your cats and dogs with amazing oral care!