Think a Dog’s Mouth is Cleaner Than a Human’s? Think Again.
NASHVILLE, TN—January 16, 2012— Adog’s mouth is cleaner than a human’s. A pet’s saliva can miraculously curehuman cuts and scrapes. These are common beliefs held by pet owners,according to a new study commissioned by The GREENIES® Brand, makers of the #1vet-recommended pet specialty dental chews and treats1. Butveterinary dental experts urge pet owners not to believe so quickly, as many ofthese beliefs aren’t necessarily true.
Among the mostcommonly held beliefs, the study found that almost half of pet owners believethat dogs’ mouths are cleaner than a human’s and that any type of chewing isgood for a dog’s teeth. It also found that about 40 percent think it is normalfor their pets to have stinky breath. About one-third of pet owners believethat a dog’s saliva can help cure human wounds2.
“There is a lot of misinformationout there regarding a pet’s oral health,” said veterinary dental expert Dr. JanBellows, incoming president of the American Veterinary Dental College. “Dogs’mouths are certainly not cleaner than a human’s. Dogs often carry a variety of germs and bacteria in their mouths thatstem from buildup of plaque and tartar that can potentially make humans sickthrough contact with saliva. Many pet owners also believe that any typeof chewing is good for their dogs, but tooth fractures are a common occurrencein pets because teeth can only withstand a certain amount of pressure from hardobjects before they break. Pets chewing on inflexible items like bones, icecubes or nylon toys are often in danger of tooth breakage. And while smellybreath in pets is common, pet owners who believe this is normal may be missingthe signs of poor oral health or potential dental disease.”
A healthy mouth is essential to theoverall wellbeing of pets, but misguided information about pet oral health canaffect more than just our pets’ mouths. For proper pet oral health,veterinarians advise daily brushing or giving Veterinary Oral Health Council(VOHC) approved dental treats, and at least annual oral exams by a veterinarianwith professional cleanings as recommended.
“Pet owners who are knowledgeableabout their furry companions’ oral health will avoid the pitfalls ofcommonly-held myths and enable the best care for everyone’s wellbeing,” saidDr. Bellows.
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The Nutro Company is a leadingmanufacturer of natural* pet food products sold exclusively at pet specialtystores. The company has been making"The World's Best Pet Food" for more than 80 years and is dedicatedto quality, excellence and innovation in dog and cat nutrition offeringhealthful formulas for every pet's life stage, activity level and size. The Nutro Company's family of brands includesMAX®, NATURAL CHOICE® and ULTRA™ pet food brands in addition to the GREENIES® brands, which include the #1 vet recommended pet specialtydental chews**, PILL POCKETS®treats and JointCare treats. For moreinformation, please visit www.nutro.com and www.greenies.com.
1 Amongveterinarians that recommend dental chews/treats for at home oral care
2 Oral Myths Study 982 Pet Owners, November2011, Conducted by Trone® Research
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** Among veterinarians that recommend dental chews/treatsfor at home oral care
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