The importance of oral care probiotics for pets

Is your pet suffering in silence? Prevent dental disease in your pets early through oral care probiotics.

As the medical director for the Center for Animal Rescue and Enrichment for the City of St. Louis, I spend every day assessing the health and medical needs of cats and dogs. A common issue I see repeatedly is poor oral health. In fact, by the age of three 80% of dogs and 70% of cats show signs of dental disease. Indicators include bad breath, red, swollen gums and tartar. The culprit is harmful bacteria that thrive in the mouth if left unchecked. In addition to being painful, dental disease can lead to a host of other problems, including tooth loss, infection, and even damage to the vital organs, such as the heart, liver, and kidneys.

Most dental disease starts below the gumline, and this is where bad bacteria thrive. There are many options on the market designed to improve pets’ oral health. In order to be effective, oral care products should replenish the beneficial bacteria in the mouth which push out the harmful bacteria. Let’s look at some of the options on the market.

Even with the best intentions, brushing your pet’s teeth at home can put you at risk for an accidental bite, and if you’re not well-practiced in proper brushing technique, chances are it won’t be effective. Dental chews activate against tartar and plaque, but they also deplete the beneficial bacteria along with the harmful.  Chews can also present a choking hazard, and many pets simply don’t like them.  Oral care treats also kill both good and bad bacteria and can lead to stomach upset. Another option is water treatments. This choice also eliminates all of the bacteria (good and bad) and knowing how much to use is a guessing game as water consumption varies daily.  Dental cleanings at a vet’s office are another option.  However, with cleaning costs ranging from $200 to $1,000,  this option is cost prohibitive for many pet parents. Treatment of dental disease is even more expensive, averaging $519 for dogs and $768 for cats.

Your Pet’s Bad Breath Could be a Sign of Disease

By the age of three, 80% of dogs and 70% of cats show signs of dental disease

It’s important to be proactive when it comes to your pet’s oral health, and regardless of what you are currently using, there’s another step you should take to replenish the good bacteria that get lost with all the other methods of caring for their oral health.  An at-home, oral care probiotic is an easy and affordable option to keep your pet’s mouth healthy and in balance. ProBiora3® a patented strain of beneficial bacteria formulated specifically to support tooth and gum health, is found only in ProBioraPet. The positive bacteria adhere along the gum line and on tooth surfaces, crowding out the bad bacteria. It takes just one scoop a day of this all natural probiotic powder mixed into their food to repopulate the healthy bacteria and improve their oral health.  There’s no odor and no taste so your pets will still enjoy their food.  You and your pet will typically notice an improvement in as little as 30 days for less than $0.75* a day. (*A 30-day supply of ProBioraPet is $19.95 or $16.95 for a monthly auto-refill).

We all want our pets to be healthy and happy. Excellent oral health, proper nutrition, exercise and plenty of love are my doctor’s orders to you for your pets. For a limited time ProBioraPet is offering buy one get one free. Simply use code AWBOGO at checkout. You can learn more at www.probiorapet.com

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Dr. King graduated from the University of Missouri College of Veterinary Medicine in 1987. He also holds educational certificates in Biology, Endangered Species Management, Conservation/Captive Breeding Endangered Species, and Animal Behavior. Since graduating from vet school, he has worked at a number of animal hospitals in St. Louis. He’s worked at Watson Road since 1999. He’s been selected for various awards, scholarships, and grants, like The Gerald Durrell Memorial Fund Grant. His writing has been published in over 30 scientific publications. Dr. King is passionate about working with exotic animals, and he enjoys spending time with his wife, traveling, and studying martial arts.