Dogs and cats are carnivores, and you can tell by their teeth. Indeed, carnivores have teeth that allow them to shred and crush food. They also move up and down with their jaws. Herbivores, on the other hand, chew and use lateral movements to do so. Their teeth are quite different from those of dogs and cats.
The dentition of our domestic carnivores therefore includes :
Saliva is formed by :
This fluid therefore contains water and minerals, mucins, immune cells and various enzymes. It acts as a lubricant, protector and antibacterial agent, despite the considerable amount of bacteria present. For example, the mouths of our canines contain over 300 species of bacteria. Unlike our saliva, dog and cat saliva does not serve as the first step in digestion.
Certain enzymes present in saliva, such as peroxidases, interfere with glucose metabolism and limit bacterial growth. They are now found in some oral gels.Ajouter aux favoris