As a holistic veterinarian deeply committed to natural pet care, I’ve encountered numerous cases where pet parents are unaware of the critical connection between their furry friends’ dental health and their overall gut well-being. Did you know that up to 80% of pets suffer from dental disease by the age of three? This staggering statistic underlines a widespread issue that, surprisingly, has a profound impact not just on the mouth but on the gut health of our pets.
Understanding the Connection: Pet Gut Health & Oral Microbiome
The mouth is the gateway to the gut, and the health of one significantly influences the other. During our latest Coffee Talk with the Doc, we delved into this intricate relationship, highlighting the often-missed link between dental health and gut health in pets. This connection, overlooked even by some veterinary professionals, plays a pivotal role in the overall health and well-being of our pets.
The Role of Dysbiosis in Dental and Gut Health
Dysbiosis, an imbalance in the microbial population of the gut or mouth, can lead to a cascade of health issues. In the context of dental health, an imbalance in the oral microbiome can foster the conditions for dental diseases, which, if left untreated, not only cause pain and discomfort but can also introduce harmful bacteria into the bloodstream, affecting the gut microbiome.
Fortunately, there are many more functional medicine tests available to determine if there is dysbiosis present in the gut or mouths of your pets. Here are a few companies that you can order a test from directly:
Natural Dental Care as a Preventive Measure
Emphasizing the importance of natural dental care for pets, we explored how maintaining a balanced oral microbiome through natural means can significantly impact gut health positively. Simple changes in diet, the introduction of specific supplements, and regular dental hygiene practices can make a vast difference.
Using raw meaty bones can be helpful for both dogs and cats to help prevent tartar buildup naturally. However, not every type of bone is safe, and we ALWAYS recommend avoiding cooked bones which can splinter and cause health issues.
Here’s a blog post on how to choose a safe, appropriate bone for your dogs and cats to enjoy to support an optimal oral microbiome: Safe Bones for Dogs & Cats
Dietary Influence on Dental and Gut Health
A key factor in managing and preventing dental disease and supporting gut health is diet. Pets fed with high-carbohydrate and processed foods are more likely to develop dental diseases and gut health issues. These diets can disrupt the natural balance of the oral and gut microbiomes, leading to inflammation and disease.
The Importance of Minimally Processed Diets
Switching to a minimally processed diet, rich in enzymes and natural nutrients, can help maintain a healthy balance of the microbiome in both the mouth and gut. Such diets mimic the natural eating habits of pets in the wild and provide the necessary abrasive action to clean teeth naturally while supporting the gut’s health with appropriate nutrients.
Finding a diet can be difficult for many pet parents that is species-appropriate and is healthy and safe for their pets. To help make choosing an optimal diet easier for your pets, make sure to download our FREE Simple Guide to Improving Your Pet’s Food.
Integrating Supplements for Optimal Health
To further support the oral and gut health of pets, certain supplements can be introduced into their diet. Products like probiotics, digestive enzymes, and specific dental supplements can enhance the natural microbiome balance, promoting better dental health and, consequently, improving gut health.
CoQ10 and Omega-3 Fatty Acids
Supplements like CoQ10 and omega-3 fatty acids are not just beneficial for humans; they play a crucial role in reducing inflammation in pets, supporting both dental and gut health. CoQ10, for instance, has been linked to healthier gums, while omega-3 fatty acids help manage periodontal inflammation.
Here are a few of our favorite recommendations to optimize and improve your pet’s gut health and oral health that were discussed in the presentation:
- Standard Process VF Biodent for Pets
- Standard Process Canine Whole Body Support & Feline Whole Body Support
- RX Vitamins CoQ10
- Nordic Naturals Omega-3 for Pets
- Pet Wellbeing Healthy Gums
- Animal Essentials Healthy Gums
- Dr. Judy Morgan’s Dental Health Formula
Here’s a link to our FullScript store where you can find these products and other recommendations for your pets (and yourself too!): FullScript Dental Support Supplements
You don’t need to use all of these, but start with a few of the above recommended products, depending on the severity of your pet’s dental disease and see how their oral health improves. To learn more about how each of these work, make sure to watch the replay of our Coffee Talk with the Doc.
To check out safe dental toys that we recommend and provide another enjoyable way for your dogs and cats to clean their teeth and enrich their lives, make sure to check out our Amazon store.
Making a homemade toothpaste remedy using the natural powers of essential oils can also be beneficial for both dogs and cats. Essential oils are very powerful and effective remedy that many pet parents are afraid of due to myths and issues with the misuse of essential oils in pets, especially with cats. When essential oils are used properly (safe brands and diluted dosages), it can unlock unlimited healing and support for both dogs and cats.
Essential oil brands for your pets we love and trust include:
If you’d like more help transforming your pet’s health with essential oils and become more confident on how to use them safely and effectively with your pets, make sure to get our Essential Oils for Pets Course here: Unlock the Power of Essential Oils for Your Pets’ Health Course
Practical Steps for Pet Parents
Pet parents looking to embrace a holistic approach to their pets’ health can start with simple yet effective steps:
- Transition to Minimally Processed Diets: Gradually introduce your pets to diets that are closer to their natural eating habits, focusing on fresh, raw, or lightly cooked foods low in carbohydrates.
- Regular Dental Hygiene Practices: Incorporate natural dental care routines, including brushing with natural toothpaste and providing dental chews that promote mechanical cleaning of the teeth.
- Supplement Wisely: Consider adding supplements known for their anti-inflammatory properties and benefits to dental and gut health, such as CoQ10, omega-3 fatty acids, nutraceuticals and specific probiotics designed for pets.
Conclusion: Embracing a Holistic Approach
The journey to optimal health for our pets begins with understanding the deep connection between their dental and gut health. We can significantly improve our pets’ quality of life by embracing a holistic approach that includes natural dental care, appropriate diet changes, and the strategic use of supplements. Remember, as pet parents, we have the power to make informed decisions that can prevent diseases and ensure our furry friends lead long, healthy, and happy lives.
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