Argghhhhh! Is pretty much the strangled sound that emits from my mouth every time my Mischka cat gets up close and personal. Mischka is the oldest of my fur-babies at 7 years (human years) and lets just say his breath is not a fresh as it could be.

Hills recently asked me to review a new product for cats which is like a toothbrush for their teeth and said to freshen their breath at the same time. Sounds like heaven and looks like a super sized light as a feather pillow shaped biscuit!

Needless to say Mischka and Tiger took to the new kibble in no time but Duke .... aaah my Duke he just does not like change at all!

Whilst I can say that Mischka and Duke love them I can't really say I've used them long enough to report back on the efficacy with Mischka's breath. Mischka's teeth are even slightly whiter so from me they get a definite thumbs up!
Get your at your local Vet as these form part of the Prescription Diet Range and are only available at your local Vet.

It's National Hills Pet Dental this month of September and here is some helpful information on Pet Dental Health ....

Dental disease is extremely common. According to the American Veterinary Dental Society 80% of pets are affected by the age of four. It is far more serious than many people know; as well as causing bad breath, bleeding gums, tooth loss and pain, dental disease can be potentially life-threatening.

 “Bacteria and toxins in an infected mouth can enter the bloodstream, affecting vital organs and causing serious illnesses including heart and kidney disease,” explains Dr Guy Fyvie, veterinary advisor for Hill’s Pet Nutrition.

Problems usually start with a build-up of sticky plaque that hardens to form tartar. This can lead to gingivitis - a swelling, redness and inflammation of the gums. If not treated, periodontal disease can develop, destroying gums and tissue that support the teeth.

Dental disease is preventable and you may be helping prevent far more than just cavities. Dr Fyvie suggests five simple steps to keep your pet’s mouth healthy:

1. Take your pet to the vet for a dental check at least once a year, or whenever you notice any symptoms, such as bad breath, bleeding gums, discoloured teeth or drooling.

2. Regular tooth brushing to remove plaque is recommended as the ‘gold standard’ of pet dental care. Use a pet toothpaste and soft brush. Brushing is not always easy to accomplish, particularly in older pets, so it is best to start regular tooth cleaning from a young age.

3. Feed a food clinically proven to help clean your pet’s teeth as it eats; Hill’s Science Plan Oral Care and Hill’s Prescription Diet® t/d are the only complete foods in South Africa that have been awarded the Veterinary Oral Health Council Seal of Acceptance for plaque and tartar control. The kibbles have a patented fibre matrix that works like an edible toothbrush as your pet eats, gently scrubbing the exposed tooth and cleaning away plaque, thus avoiding tartar build-up.

4. Avoid sticky sweets, treats or tidbits which can lead to a more rapid build-up of plaque.

5. Use tooth-friendly toys and chews – bones and even hard plastic Frisbees can damage teeth.

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