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Symptoms of periodontal disease include:
We recommend working with your veterinarian to develop the best plan for your dog’s health including oral care. Regular dental checkups along with brushing, dental kibble and dental chews can help support a healthy mouth.
The unique size and shape of kibble in our dental health dog food encourages chewing to help reduce plaque and tartar buildup. Our formula also contains pea fiber, which creates a brushing-like action to help remove plaque. Additionally, Vetdiet® dental health dog food is formulated with sodium hexametaphosphate, which has been shown through research to reduce dental calculus formation in dogs1.
Sodium hexametaphosphate (SHMP) is an ingredient that can be found in our Vetdiet® dental health dog food. SHMP binds and holds onto the calcium found in dental plaque. Once it binds to plaque, it forms a complex that is carried away in the dog’s saliva, preventing the formation of calculus.
The simple answer is yes. SHMP is recognized by Health Canada as a safe substance used in food products, including baked goods, nonalcoholic beverages, frozen dairy desserts, jams, jellies, and infant formulas. Many safety studies have been conducted over the years showing the safety of this ingredient. It is used widely in human and pet food. Feeding studies of SHMP in dogs have been conducted which support safe feeding in dogs2.
The size of the kibble encourages chewing to help reduce plaque and tartar buildup. Sodium hexametaphosphate also helps control tartar accumulation.