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There are symptoms to looks for in periodontal disease. These symptoms include:
We advise talking to your veterinarian to develop the best plan for your cat’s health, including oral care. Periodic dental checkups, along with brushing, as well as dental treats and dental kibble, can help maintain a healthy mouth.
The kibble in our dental health cat food has a particular size and shape that encourages chewing to help reduce plaque and tartar buildup. Our ingredient list also features pea fiber, which creates a brushing-like action to help with the removal of plaque. Additionally, Vetdiet® Dental Health cat food includes sodium hexametaphosphate, which has been demonstrated in research to reduce the formation of dental calculus in cats1.
Sodium hexametaphosphate (SHMP) is an ingredient that can be found in our Vetdiet® dental health cat food. SHMP binds and holds onto the calcium found in dental plaque. When it binds to plaque, it creates a complex that is washed away in the cat’s saliva, reducing the formation of calculus.
The simple answer is yes. Health Canada recognizes SHMP as a safe substance used in food products, including infant formulas, nonalcoholic beverages, baked goods, frozen dairy desserts, jellies, and jams. Many studies have been done on safety over the years showing the safety of SHMP. It is widely used in human and pet food. Feeding studies of SHMP have been conducted which support safe feeding in cats2.
The size of the kibble encourages chewing to help reduce plaque and tartar buildup. Sodium hexametaphosphate also helps control tartar accumulation.