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Toys and Tips for Boosting Pet Dental Health

You brush your teeth every day -- but what about your dog's or cat's? "Most people have no idea that taking care of a pet's teeth will extend the animal's life," says Larry Corry, DVM, president of the American Veterinary Medical Association. "In fact, periodontal disease is the most commonly diagnosed problem in dogs and cats." Left unchecked, periodontitis can lead to painful infections, and in severe cases, become life-threatening because harmful mouth bacteria can enter the bloodstream and inflame other parts of the body. But don't fret. Use these tips and toys for getting your pet's mouth squeaky clean.

By Maridel Reyes

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Tartar Shield Soft Rawhide Chews
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Tartar Shield Soft Rawhide Chews

Gnawing on this bacon-flavored treat gently removes Fido's tartar. Rawhide is coated with a mixture containing sodium tripolyphosphate to reduce tartar formation and an antimicrobial agent to prevent plaque and bad breath.

Available at Tartarshield.com, $7.99.

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