By Dr. Andrew Jones
Hello to you fellow blog readers.
For those who aren’t aware, I jumped a bit too large cliff, aiming for the pillow of snow at the base of the tree, only to have my face slam into the tree.
Fortunately no concussion or fractures, but nasty wound and bruised ego.. The ER doc did a great job of suturing me up-
Here is the immediate post surgery pic.
Here is the wound 11 days later.
I am applying concentrated Vitamin E oil 3 times daily to potentially speed up healing and decrease scar formation.
February is Dental Health Month, and many of you have likely heard about the variety of new dental products for dogs and cats.
Clearly teeth brushing is a simple, safe and advised remedy but…
Only 2% brush teeth
Most pet owners KNOW the importance of oral healthcare in their dogs and cats.
But studies show that pet owners are not following up with proper oral care at home.
In fact, data indicates that only 2% of owners brush their pets’ teeth with the frequency required to maintain proper oral health.
Based on this data, the well meaning massive drug company Merial has developed a new dental product called ‘OraVet’
Not surprisingly it is backed by a teeny study…
Evaluation of a Barrier Dental Sealant in Dogs
A study of 40 healthy, randomly selected, client-owned, mixed- and pure-breed dogs with dental plaque, calculus or gingivitis assessed the efficacy of a barrier dental sealant.
Which then lets them say this:
OraVet has been shown in well-controlled studies to significantly reduce the formation of plaque and calculus.
But is it safe?
Well according to their FAQ page, it is completely safe..
Here is what it is on their veterinary information page:
The sealant is a biologically inert, patented polymer that electrostatically adheres to tooth enamel. Once applied, it creates an invisible barrier that has been clinically proven to significantly reduce the formation of plaque and calculus.
Some unknown and un-named patented chemical..
My suggestions would be to not put this in your dog or cat’s mouth every day.
Do something natural..
Natural Diets. Raw meaty bones and windpipes from cows or pigs can help keep teeth clean. If your dog splinters and swallows large pieces of bone, he is at risk of obstruction, so do not give him bones. Some dogs love chicken necks. To rule out the risk of Salmonella (a bacterial infection), put the bones or windpipes in boiling water for 30 seconds first.
Healthy Treats. Raw vegetables, such as carrots are a great, low calorie treat that can help clean the teeth. If your dog likes them, then feed away.
Brush. The best way to keep your pet’s teeth clean is by brushing. Ideally this should be done daily, but twice a week is a good goal. Begin by rubbing your finger around your pet’s mouth. Flavor it with tuna to make it enticing for your dog. A finger toothbrush can be used (it fits around the end of your finger). Use pet toothpaste, for if swallowed it will not upset your pet’s stomach. Baking soda is another safe natural toothpaste. The electric toothbrushes are very effective and the long neck helps you get to the back premolars.
Vitamin C is used by many alternative practitioners for dental disease. It is an immune stimulant and helps the production of normal gum and teeth tissue. The starting cat dose is 100 mg daily. The starting dog dose is 100 mg per 10 lbs daily. If your pet gets diarrhea, lower the dose.
Plaque Off. This is a completely natural product which is suitable for dogs. It is a special type of seaweed which has been found to have specific beneficial effects for oral care. It comes in a granulated form which is easily added to food every day. It is rich in natural iodine and contains important vitamins and minerals and is free from artificial colors, preservatives, gluten and sugar
Heal Your Pet At Home!
Dr Andrew Jones, DVM
P.S. Dental Care is seen as crucial in increasing veterinary clinic revenue. It’s seen as a high value item that can dramatically add to the bottom line.
Not surprising that the big drug companies are there to ‘help’
Professional dental care definitely has its place. If your pet has moderate periodontal disease, then they need a proper dental.
But at topical chemical daily to prevent plaque?
This may have long term consequences.
There are many other things that you CAN do at home.
One that are safe, natural and effective.
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