PET DENTAL HEALTH CARE, Guest Column by One of our Bonnie’s Customers!

Dr. Edmund Sulkowski D.M.D

Oral health for our pets is a critical factor in overall wellness and neglect can lead to bad breath, gingival infections, pain, loss of teeth and systemic health issues.  Home care with mechanical debridement (i.e. teeth cleaning) can be done using a toothbrush, 2X2 gauze, cotton ball or even a corner of a washcloth.

Ingredients in human toothpaste can be toxic and should never be used.  Even some dedicated products for our animals may contain harmful active ingredients including 50 proof grain alcohol in amounts up to 25% (Bonnie’s Barkery recently removed PetzLife Oral Care from the store due the inclusion of grain alcohol).

Tartar and plaque containing bacterial organisms adhere to the gum line and this biofilm creates a disease state.  To aid in biofilm reduction, look for products containing natural nontoxic bacterial reducing ingredients like grape seed extract and grapefruit seed extract. I personally use and recommend DentaSure from Natural Wonder.  Always have your pets evaluated by a veterinarian.

Dr. Sulkowski,
Doctor of Medical Dentistry, Case Western School of Dental Medicine

Host of Cable TV Shows, “Lets Talk Healthy Pets” & “Healthy Pets Healthy Owners”

Founder & Formulator, Health Pet Systems

Lecturer, SuperZoo School of Animal Wellness

And Bonnie’s Barkery Customer!!!



CLEAN TEETH IS SERIOUS BUSINESS…  Thousands of years ago, before dogs and cats decided to befriend us humans, a typical diet consisted of about 65% protein, 30% fat, and 5% teeth-cleaning byproducts such as bone and cartilage.

Back then, eating was a vigorous activity that included thorough, automatic teeth cleaning as part of the process.  Wolves for example, from which today’s dogs evolved, posses a bone-crushing bite force of up to 1500 pounds per square inch.  So eating and brushing went hand in hand.  Nature’s own dog dental program.
But today’s commercial dog and cat food industry serves up the exact opposite menu, leaving the natural process of teeth cleaning back in the evolutionary past.

Go ahead, look at your dog or cat’s teeth.  Do you see the warning signs of gum disease – bad breath, red and swollen gums, a coating of yellow-brown tartar around the gum line?  You’re looking at periodontal (gum) disease, the number one diagnosed dog dental and/or cat dental problem in America!

According to the American Veterinary Medical Association, at three years of age, 80% of dogs and 70% of cats have some form of oral disease.  If left untreated, teeth and gums may become infected, creating bacteria which can spread into the blood stream and infect other parts of the body.  The good news is that proper dental care is easier to get than you might think.  Getting your pet’s teeth cleaned at one of our upcoming Anesthesia Free Teeth Cleaning Clinics is a great first step.   
teeth cleaning

The cleanings are supervised by Dr. Tom Leininger, VMD and occasionally a guest vet. 

This is a low stress, cost effective option for your pet’s teeth cleaning.  Remember, your pets’ oral health is one of the keys to a long and healthy life.  Make an appointment today to help make sure your loved ones are in good oral health!  
Please call at 480-502-7973

2 Responses

  • I liked that you explained that one benefit of having your dog’s dental care taken care of will ensure proper overall health and will limit bad breath. I will consider having routine dental care done for my dog so that he will be healthy and live for a long time.

  • It was interesting to learn that a long time ago eating was a vigorous activity that had automatic teeth cleaning as part of the eating process. I have been noticing that my dog’s breath has been getting worse and have been trying to give him treats to help him clean his teeth and freshen his breath. Maybe I should look into veterinary dental services in the Alburquerque NM area.

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