Recognizing the importance of our pet’s dental health is extremely important considering that by the age of 2, about 80-90% of our pets will suffer from some varying degree of dental disease.

Dental disease can range from gingivitis (minor – severe gum irritation) to periodontal (the structures holding the teeth in place begin to break-down). More severe cases of gum disease can even lead to life threatening heart problems.

An Ounce of Prevention is Worth A Pound of Cure

Some foods and treats claim to assist in the prevention of plaque and tartar. Suggesting that crunchy foods and cookies clean teeth would be like suggesting that people eat croutons and potato chips instead of brushing their teeth.

The best way to prevent dental disease is to keep your pet’s immune system strong by feeding a healthy diet and by brushing their teeth daily. Since most people do not have the time or inclination to brush their pet’s teeth every day, there are other options…

Regular Dental Cleanings

When the situation in your animal’s mouth is very bad or advanced, getting a thorough cleaning under anesthesia may be the best option. Ensure that you understand the risks involved with anesthesia by asking questions and doing your research before having it administered to your pet. Many people will opt for dental cleanings when their pet is under anesthetic for some other reason. 

Raw Bones  

Raw bones given a few times a week can assist in removing plaque and tartar from the teeth and gums. They also massage the gums and help them become stronger and more resistant to irritation caused by plaque and tartar. Bones are able to chip tartar off the teeth like barnacles off of a ship. They also strengthen the muscles in the face and jaw and chewing releases endorphins, which helps to relax your pet. A raw bone is nature’s toothbrush!

Dental Health Products That Work

LEBAIII – Spray (directly in mouth)

Active herb ingredients stimulate the enzymes & change the chemistry in the mouth. The tartar will soften and fall out.

Petzlife – Gel or Spray (directly in mouth)

PetzLife helps remove plaque and tartar and helps control bacteria and bad breath. PetzLife uses a proprietary blend of herbs and anti-bacterial grapefruit seed extract.

Plaque Off
  - Powder (add to food)

PlaqueOff™ is a completely natural product that is suitable for both cats and dogs. It is a special type of seaweed, which has been found to have specific beneficial effects for oral care. It is rich in natural iodine and contains important vitamins and minerals and is free from artificial colours, preservatives, gluten and sugar.

Vet’s Best Dental Gel – Gel (directly in mouth)      
For fresher doggie kisses! Our stimulating, effective blend supports healthy gums and brightens and strengthens teeth. Enzymes work hard to maintain the correct pH balance in the mouth and that leads to fresher breath.

Not all Tail Blazers locations carry the same products. Please contact your location to find out which products they have available.

We want to inform you that Nature’s Variety has initiated a voluntary recall of their Chicken Formula Raw Frozen Diet for dogs and cats with the “Best If Used By” date of 11/10/10.The only products affected are limited to CHICKEN medallions, patties, and chubs with a “Best If Used By” date of 11/10/10.

No illnesses have been reported to date in connection with this issue. No other Nature’s Variety products are affected. If you have purchased a bag of Nature’s Variety Chicken Formula Raw Frozen Diet (medallions, patties, or chubs) with the “Best if Used By” date of 11/10/10, we ask that you take one of the following steps:

 1)  If your package has not been opened, please return the unopened product to us for a full refund or replacement.
 2)  If your package has been opened, please dispose of the raw food in a safe manner by securing it in a covered trash receptacle.
 3)  Then, bring your receipt (or the empty package in a sealed bag) to us for a full refund or replacement.

Nature's Variety has set up a customer hotline for questions and concerns. Please call 1-800-374-3142. For more information on the recall please visit


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