90% of Dog Owners are Not Aware of their Dog’s Oral Health Issues: Here’s How PEDIGREE Seeks to Change That

MANILA, Philippines—With owning a dog, one would undoubtedly want the best care for their canine companion to ensure a happy and healthy lifestyle. In line with this, pet care brand PEDIGREE presents their PEDIGREE® DentaStix™, their take on canine oral hygiene alongside the #PedigreeDentaStixOralCare launch to bring attention to the importance of your dog’s oral health.

As all good pet owners know, your dog’s health should be the number one priority to help your furry friend live a long and happy life. Despite this, however, 90% of dog owners are not aware their dogs may have possible oral care issues.

These could lead to serious health complications like tooth loss, feeling of discomfort and pain, and the systemic infection of other organs if left untreated. On top of all that, 80% of dogs over the age of three are more likely to have periodontal diseases like gum disease. As responsible pet owners, what can dog parents do to give their canine companion the most effective oral care?

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To help dog-owners with better care for their dogs, PEDIGREE introduces PEDIGREE® DentaStix™, aimed to be the number one trusted solution for your dog’s oral care. Their triple action formula helps reduce tartar build-up, cleans hard to reach teeth with its unique X shape, and supports gum health for your fur baby’s all-around oral care.

To raise awareness, PEDIGREE® discussed the effects of poor oral hygiene on dogs, while introducing PEDIGREE® DentaStix™ (along with its triple action benefits) as a way to keep your dog’s teeth and gums healthy.

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Host and corgi mom Jaz Reyes was joined by Johnny Racoma, General Manager of Mars Pet Nutrition Philippines and Scientific Communication Manager, Dr. Saza Curaming, along with local personalities, Megan Young, and Instagram sensation Paningning the Shih Tzu and owner, Janess Cua.

General Manager of Mars Pet Nutrition Philippines, Johnny Racoma spoke about how our pets have a really special place in our hearts. “Given the strong emotional bonds we’ve developed with them, we want our dogs to enjoy a long, happy, and healthy life. That’s why we at Mars Petcare are committed to creating a better world for our pets,” he said.

To create that better world, Mars Petcare has been using research and science over the past forty years to produce thousands of scientific studies and innovations in animal health and welfare. And one of the products they’re most proud of is PEDIGREE® DentaStix™.

Establishing an oral hygiene routine is very important for our dogs’ oral health, and PEDIGREE ® DentaStix™ is one of the best solutions for doing so. It comes with a customised size that fits each dog size oral structure to support clean teeth. It also has a triple action formula that helps remove tartar build up, cleans hard to reach teeth with its unique X shape, and supports gum health, too.

The floor then opened up to Mars’ In-house vet and Scientific Communication Manager, Dr. Saza, who talked about the basics of taking care of your dog’s teeth and the health risks of not doing so. “Sadly, 90% of owners think that their dog’s teeth are perfectly healthy,” she said.

She further explained that gum disease begins when bacteria sticks to the surface of the dog’s teeth. The bacteria forms an off-white, sticky layer called dental plaque which can harden and turn into tartar if not removed. If your dog has brown, rough deposits on their teeth, that’s tartar. In time, both plaque and tartar can cause inflammation of the gums. This is called periodontal disease.

She also touched on the risks involving periodontal disease (PD). For one, it’s linked to the inflammation of the kidney and heart tissue. The bacteria associated with PD can also spread to the heart and lungs, where it can create more problems. Lastly, geriatric dogs with severe PD suffer more from cardiac diseases compared to geriatric dogs without PD.

Dr. Saza mentioned how PEDIGREE ® DentaStix™ is an effective oral care solution, designed to fit with any dog’s oral structure, making it easy for pet owners with small or big dogs to accommodate their needs. PEDIGREE® DentaStix™ is also made with STPP and Zinc Sulfate, both of which inhibit the accumulation of plaque and tartar. She then ended with some tips on how to take care of your dog’s oral health.

Among the guests were Megan Young and her toy poodle Soba and Instagram sensation Paningning the shih tzu, and this is what they had to say about PEDIGREE® DentaStix™:

“And of course, for your dog’s oral health, I really recommend PEDIGREE ® DentaStix™. Based on our personal experience, my dog has healthy gums and teeth. And it’s true, one PEDIGREE® DentaStix™ a day can really keep the tartar away,”

With all of this, dog owners know that their pets deserve only the best oral care available, thus PEDIGREE invites you to take care of their oral health by giving them #OneDentastixADayKeepsTarTarAway.

Head to your nearest pet shops, supermarkets, convenient stores, hardware chains, Shopee or Lazada today.