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Natural Dental Health for Dogs
3 CommentsWednesday, 24 May 2017 | Kate
Dental hygiene is as important for our pets as it is for us, neglecting your dog's oral health can lead to serious problems if you don't keep on top of it. Periodontal disease (gingivitis) affects dogs and cats in the same way that it affects us but the major drawback is that it's five times more common in dogs than humans.
Don't neglect your dog's dental healthIf a dog doesn't get regular dental care then plaque can build up, eventually leading to gum disease which in turn can lead to tooth decay and tooth loss. Common signs that a dog has periodontal disease are: bad breath, swollen and/or bleeding gums, plaque build-up, tartar build-up, irregular gum lines, chewing difficulties, extreme salivation, loose teeth, hesitance to eating, and pain.
Dogs hide pain very wellOwners usually won't notice that their dog is in pain when they are suffering from dental problems however because evolution has made canines hide their pain i.e. to show no weakness. This is why it's important to look after your dog's oral hygiene.
Usually the biggest problem that most dogs will face is gum disease, only 20% of dogs over 3 years do not have periodontal disease. Unfortunately some dogs may also suffer from broken or fractured teeth.
How to prevent tooth decay in dogsHigh quality food will go a long way to helping your dog's teeth. A poor quality diet won't be beneficial for your dog's health so try to give them the best food you can.
Despite thoughts to the contrary feeding a dog dried food, kibble, will not go any way to keeping their teeth clean. If it did Oral B would be flogging us humans digestives! Good healthy dog treats - Soopa Kale and Apple Dental Sticks for instance can help move stuff about but nothing beats a good supplement specifically targeted at killing the bacteria which causes plaque and tartar to build up on your dog’s teeth, or better still, daily brushing.
Daily brushing is the best way to fight plaque and maintain dental hygiene. When a vet cleans a dog's teeth it is performed under general anaesthetic so you'd want to avoid it by not letting plaque build up in the first place. Lintbells make an antibacterial toothcleaner using colloidal silver that you place over your finger and clean your dog's teeth with, the colloidal silver provides effective plaque removal and antibacterial protection.
Healthy Dental Treats - NEVER use DentastixHealthy dog treats can go a long way to helping a dog's dental hygiene. They can provide hours of chewing pleasure for your dog while helping to freshen breath and clean their teeth. Try Gentle Dentle bones, Yakers hard chews or Nelsons Plaque Crackers. All great ingredients your dog can utilise, unlike Pedigree Dentastix which contains animal and meat derivatives, no good for dogs with allergies or a food intolerance, and also contains artificial preservatives and flavours. They also smell horrible, reminding me of household cleaning fluids.
CSJ's Seaweed & Parsley is a natural product designed to be sprinkled on your dog's dinner. Given regularly it will break down plaque and stop more from building up, which in turn will help to eliminate bad breath and maintain oral health.