Dishing on Dental Health
—Pattie Boden of Animal Connection
As pet owners learn about the benefits of maintaining good oral health for
their dogs, many are looking for products that are easy to use.
“People want their dental care to be easy.
It’s a small group who are inclined to brush
their pet’s teeth on a regular basis.”
BY JEN SOTOLONGO
Many dog owners do not realize the importance of incorpo- rating regular dental hygiene maintenance as part of their dog’s health care plan until the pet has developed dental issues. Dental disease can show up early in a dog’s life, often around
three years of age for many dogs, according to the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA). What’s more, the AAHA reports that poor dental health can lead to serious health issues and
“I believe most people don’t seem to really think about den-
tal [health] until it’s too late,” said Pattie Boden, owner of Animal
Connection in Charlottesville, Va. “People want their dental care to
be easy. It’s a small group who are inclined to brush their pet’s teeth
on a regular basis.”
Fortunately, a variety of new oral care products for dogs has
become available on the market, giving concerned consumers more
options in caring for their dogs’ teeth.
As with many pet care product categories, simplicity is key with
oral hygiene, according to industry insiders—and brushless options
have become an appealing option for pet owners.
“No-brushing solutions offer pet parents an easy, safe and effective alternative to brushing, which can be a hassle for pet parents
and their dogs,” said Michelle McPherson, director of marketing for
TropiClean Pet Products in Wentzville, Mo.
Boden has noticed an increase of sales in dental bones with enzyme benefits at her store. Wipes or products that go into drinking
water are also highly sought-after dental solutions, Boden said.
“Toothbrush/paste combinations seem to be the last on the list,”
Maintaining good oral hygiene can help promote a
stronger bond between a dog and its owner.
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