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Record number 401988
Title Effect of kibble size, shape and additives on plaque in cats
Author(s) Clarke, D.E.; Servet, E.; Hendriks, W.H.; Thomas, D.G.; Weidgraaf, K.; Biourge, V.C.
Source Journal of Veterinary Dentistry 27 (2010)2. - ISSN 0898-7564 - p. 84 - 89.
Department(s) Animal Nutrition
Publication type Refereed Article in a scientific journal
Publication year 2010
Keyword(s) ascorbic-acid depletion - periodontal-disease - calculus - health - supplementation - diet - dogs
Abstract Forty mixed-breed cats completed a parallel-group, clinical study to compare supragingival plaque accumulation using a triangular or rectangular shaped dry-expanded diet, with or without an anti-calculus agent (sodium tripolyphosphate) or an anti-plaque agent (plaquereducing nutrient). The cats were divided into 4 equal groups based on plaque scores. Results showed that coating the kibble with sodium tripolyphosphate had no effect on plaque accumulation. Increasing the surface area and volume and changing the shape of the kibble was associated with a reduction in plaque accumulation, and coating the kibble with a plaque-reducing nutrient further reduced plaque accumulation. The importance of a combination of both mechanical abrasion (chewing) and chemical interference (plaque-reducing nutrient) was demonstrated in this study.
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