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Dental Diets - Do They Really Work? ๐Ÿพ

Updated: Oct 8, 2021

We all have busy schedules ๐Ÿ• and things like daily tooth brushing, while effective, are not always the most realistic option for everyone ๐Ÿค”. For some pets, prescription dental diets can help to prevent the onset of periodontal disease โœจ.


So, what makes these diets so special โ“ and how are these more effective than regular kibble when it comes to your petโ€™s dental health? ๐Ÿฅ


- Firstly, these diets are formulated to be complete and balanced โš–๏ธ which means that they contain all the ingredients, enzymes, nutrients etc that your pet needs to thrive ๐ŸŒฑ. On top of this, they contain additional formulas to help with dental care.๐Ÿฆท


- The kibbles are larger sized so that when your pet bites ๐Ÿ‘… into each biscuit it allows for full coverage of the tooth surface.


- Each piece of kibble is created to withstand deeper tooth penetration before shattering ๐Ÿ’ฅ, which acts like tooth brushing and works to scrub the tooth surface to reduce plaque.๐Ÿงผ


- Dental kibble is coated with sodium tripolyphosphates ๐Ÿง‚ which bind to the calcium found in saliva ๐Ÿ’ฆ. This then prevents the calcium from adhering to the tooth surface as easily and thus reducing the accumulation of plaque.๐Ÿฅฐ


- Certain ingredients in dental kibble act like antibacterial ๐Ÿšซ๐Ÿฆ  and anti-adhesive agents to help prevent the plaque build-up, much like mouthwash does for us!


- There are varied kibble sizes and products available to cats ๐Ÿฑ, small dogs, and all other sized dogs ๐Ÿถ to suit their individual dentition needs. ๐Ÿฆท


Our recommendation is the Royal Canin brand of Dental kibble which also includes added benefits for your dogs and cats โœ…. These are bone & joint support ๐Ÿฆด for larger breed dogs through the inclusion of Glucosamine, Chondroitin, and Omega 3 fatty acids. The small dog dental kibble includes urinary support through dilution ๐Ÿ’ง making stones and crystal formations less prevalent and the inclusion of certain nutrients work to protect the skin.

The feline kibble ๐Ÿ˜ป contains urinary support through the addition of their S/O index to prevent Struvite and Calcium Oxalate stones and hairball support ๐Ÿงถ is achieved through a combination of fibres ๐ŸŒพ that help eliminate hairballs as they pass through the digestive tract.


Royal Canin dental is also highly digestible ๐Ÿ˜‹ and formed with ingredients such as prebiotics ๐Ÿ’Š, sugar beet pulp, rice ๐Ÿš, and fish oil ๐ŸŸ to ensure maximum digestion for your pets.


It is important to note that not every dental diet is formulated the same and all vary in some wayโ€ผ๏ธ So, it is important to discuss these options with your Veterinarian ๐Ÿ‘จโ€โš•๏ธ or Veterinary Staff ๐Ÿ‘ฉโ€โš•๏ธ so we can determine which product will be most suitable for your pet. ๐Ÿ—ฃ


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