Impawtant Information You Need To Nose About Dental Health


We loves when you ask us questions.  This says to us that you trust us to help you make the best decision for your good dog(s) & cat(s).  We pawsitively feel that sharing knowledge is a wagnificent way to show we care.  CEO Olivia here to do just that. This week we are yapping about dental health.

With February being Pet Dental Health Month, it’s a great time to think about your good dog’s & cat’s oral healthcare routine.  Humans brush daily but when it comes to us 4 leggers, it can be a bit of a challenge but did you nose that poor hygiene is a serious issue as it can cause plaque & tartar that is dangerous for us dogs & cats. Statistically, it can affect more than 80% of dogs & cats over 3 years old. Yikes!

In the advanced stage, there is a risk of tooth loss, poor health & pawsibly lead to death. If it  reaches the blood vessel  it can result in infection, kidney, & heart diseases. That’s why it is pawsitively impawtant that our humans take good care of our toofters.

You may be asking, ‘What is plague & tartar?  Plaque is a thin film of food debris, bacteria, saliva, & dead cells that are continually accumulated on our toofers. If plaque is left on our toofters for more than 72 hours it begins to harden into a substance called tartar (calculus) that builds at the base of our toofers. This buildup irritates & contributes to the dogvelopment of diseases like periodontitis, swollen gums & gingivitis.  More seriously, it can result in kidney &/ heart disease.

You will nose your 4 legger  has tartar and/or plaque buildup if you see a yellow or brown discoloration on our toofters along the gum line. If we have gingivitis,  you will see the gums change in color from pink to red or purple, & swelling along the edge of our gums. Inflamed gums will often have plaque at the base of our toofers.  Another sign of dental issues is bad breath.

Plaque is a biofilm, a collection of many microorganisms that are more resistant to antibiotics, disinfectants, & antibacterial agents. The good news is, biofilms are easily & effectively removed with daily brushing to remove the plaque & pawvent tartar build up. Toothpaste made for humans should never be used; it can be toxic to us 4 leggers.  There are plenty of toothpaste for dogs & cats but my huMom uses organic  coconut oil. I pawsonally did not like any of the toofter paste but pawsitively love coconut oil; so do Dot & Jerry Underfoot.  Because we like coconut oil we like getting our toofters brushed.

Some  of us good dogs & furbulous cats may refuse regular toothbrushing.  If so, you can remove the plaque by wiping every 2nd or 3rd day with a finger brush or gauze pad. Remember, plaque that remains on our toofers surface for more than 3 days mineralizes to form calculus that cannot be removed by brushing.  Some toys like our natural Hemp Dog Toys & Hemp Cat Toys allows tooth penetration & can help wipe plaque from our toofters surfaces during play & chewing.

We pawfer wagnificent hemp toys for both your good dogs & furbulous cats that are wagnificent for helping with keeping our toofters & gums healthy.  We also have all Natural Hemp Finger Brushes you can simple handwash or toss in the machine.

We nose you loves us fur leggers & want to keep us healthy & happy that’s why we share what we learn & you keep coming back to read it.  We hope you keep those questions coming.  Dot, Jerry Underfoot & I love to dig up the real facts & toss them your way.


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Have a pawsome week, CEO Olivia, Dot & Jerry Underfoot 💜