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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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Kong Dental Stick
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Kong Dental Stick

Insert your dog's favorite treat inside and watch him go chew-crazy, or simply use the empty stick as a fetch toy. Deep ridges pick out food from teeth while providing a gentle gum massage.

Available at, $10.99.

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