Twice a Day, Just Like Mom
Most of us consider our companion animals as family members, therefore, their physical and mental well-being should be a life-long priority. Both humans and their pets are happiest and healthiest when following a holistic, proactive lifestyle, rather than one that reactively rushes to fixing it after a serious problem has already occurred. Holistic means that various lifestyle components are addressed together—synergistically—and the whole is greater than the sum of the parts. This is an Ark Naturals core philosophy: we strive to provide you a scientifically-based product line that is not only a problem solver but also a problem preventer.
Let me give you a great example: In the wild canines and felines catch prey and chew entire carcasses. Bones are crunched immediately, which means their teeth are in tip-top shape by the scraping action by tough hides, feathers, tendons, cartilage, and other connective tissue. Like it or not, companion animals that hunt keep their teeth cleaner. We get it, that lifestyle isn’t for everyone... However, daily tooth scraping is important to help prevent dental issues later on...
Most dogs enjoy a fresh bone slice filled with marrow, which is excellent on occasion but not every day. Also, bones may not be acceptable for aging, sensitive, or toy dogs, and pets that already have loose teeth. Ark Naturals Brushless Toothpaste and Gray Muzzle Brushless Toothpaste are bone substitutes that effectively clean teeth and help prevent the buildup of plaque and tartar. When paired with three other Ark Naturals products, a healthy, holistic regimen is the result. What’s more, our holistic approach supports dental health in cats, who will rarely accept dental chews or tooth brushing.
- Joint “Rescue” may help provide connective tissue, bone, and joint support for the animal’s life. Not only do these ingredients help joint support, but they can also help strengthen the jaw ligaments and tooth sockets. Start young animals on 1/3 or 1⁄2 of a chew of Joint Rescue or Sea Mobility for ultimate preventative care.
- Omega mender essential fatty acid supplements help support oral and overall health. Research shows that Omega-3 fatty acids are highly anti-inflammatory for gum tissue, and even more importantly, are crucial nutrients to support the specialized cells that secrete bone. Any sort of bone or tooth maintenance or repair requires EPA and DHA. So again, I recommend using Omega Mender a few times weekly. You may even see your pup’s coat shine like never before! Another tip: Omega Mender contains natural vitamin D from fish. Just like us, dogs and cats need Vitamin D for bone and joint support as well as dozens of immune and metabolic processes. Research shows that Vitamin D deficiency is directly linked to dental complications. However, our furry friends don’t make much vitamin D from sun exposure; they rely mainly on foods. Commercial pet food always has Vitamin D added, or contains some from fish or organ meats, but it may not be enough for all breeds or conditions, and those who make up their own pet rations may fully neglect this crucial nutrient. Adding Omega Mender and some oily fish to the diet several times weekly is a great way to ensure your pet is receiving an appropriate amount of Vitamin D.
- Plaque Zapper is an enzyme-based powder you mix in fresh drinking water to help keep plaque-causing bacteria from adhering to teeth. It’s colorless, odorless, and tasteless, and is the easiest way to support healthy gums and pleasant breath.
There are many more health and nutrition aspects that these products address, but this should be enough to convince you to be proactive and provide your companion with as many years of youthful vigor as you can.