Our furry friends bring boundless joy into our lives with their wagging tails, playful antics, and unconditional love. As responsible pet parents we like to think we are doing the best for our dogs, but one often overlooked area is dental health. Just like humans, dogs require proper dental care to maintain overall health and a happy smile.
Poor oral hygiene in dogs can lead to a variety of health issues, including gum disease, tooth decay, and bad breath. Even worse, oral problems can potentially affect other organs, such as the heart and kidneys, making dental care a crucial aspect of your dog’s overall well-being.
Signs of Dental Issues in Dogs:
Bad Breath: Persistent bad breath is often the first sign of dental problems in dogs.
Change in Eating Habits: If your dog is reluctant to eat, it might be due to dental pain or discomfort.
Excessive Drooling: Unusual drooling can indicate dental issues or mouth pain.
Red or Swollen Gums: Healthy gums should be pink, so any redness or swelling may signal a problem.
Visible Tartar or Discolouration: Yellow or brown discolouration on your dog’s teeth is a sign of tartar buildup.
How can you maintain your dogs dental health?
Start slowly, allowing your dog to get used to the sensation of having their teeth brushed, and aim for at least 2-3 times per week, if not daily. We recommend Petsmile Professional Toothpaste which can be applied with a swap or even just your finger.
While dental treats shouldn’t be your sole defence against tooth decay for your dog, they are a great way to aid in keeping plaque from building up and are a nice treat for your dog. Keeping calorie count in mind, one treat two or three times a week is recommended. We love Greenies treats, with added fruit and veggies as well as antioxidants to keep pooch healthy and happy.
Vet Check ups
Get your veterinarian to check your dogs teeth on his routine check up. Professional cleanings may be necessary to address more advanced dental issues.
Feed your dog a balanced and nutritious diet to support overall health, including dental well-being. Try a dry food that supports oral heatth, such as Hills Science Diet Adult Oral Care.
Caring for your dog’s dental health is a crucial aspect of responsible pet ownership. By incorporating regular brushing, providing dental-friendly treats, and scheduling routine vet check-ups, you can ensure your furry friend enjoys a long life with healthy teeth. Remember, a little effort in maintaining your dog’s oral hygiene goes a long way in preventing potential health issues and promoting a happy, healthy life for your best friend!