What your dogs need for dog dental health

What your dogs need for dog dental health

Dogs don’t want bad breath either. Just like us, our best friend’s teeth require regular cleaning to keep plaque build-up and infections at bay. Here’s how to get into a good dental care routine with your dog.


CLEANING IS KEY

Look out for: Debris from food, and bacteria, accumulate on your pet’s teeth as plaque and if not properly cleaned off it can react with mineral deposits to create tartar. Seen as dark yellow or brown stains, it’s proof that you may need to step up your dog’s dental care, as tartar build-up could lead to infections and extractions. Prevention is better and faster than any cure.

Open wide: Yes, a good scrub is the best way to clean those lovely teeth. Establish a routine of cleaning your dog’s teeth at home, using a special dog toothbrush with soft bristles and dog-friendly flavoured toothpaste (like liver or poultry). Never use human toothpaste as it could cause stomach problems as dogs cannot spit and would have to swallow the toothpaste. Aim for once a day but if your dog has good dental health, even three times a week will make a big difference.

Professional support: Supplement regular at-home brushing with professional teeth cleaning at your veterinary clinic. Speak to your veterinarian about having your pet’s teeth checked.

Consuming quality: What your dog eats and drinks is very important. Fresh, clean water will help flush out oral debris. Provide only high-quality foods with premium ingredients. .

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Foods that help clean: Look in the ingredient list of your dog’s food to see it contains sodium hexametaphosphate (SHMP) which helps reduce the build-up of tartar. Some dental health diets only work on teeth that are involved in chewing, but SHMP helps reduce tartar build-up on all the teeth and will even work on those not involved in chewing.  Studies show that dogs consuming SHMP-enhanced food experience up to 80 percent less tartar*.

 

Why you should care: Don’t wait until bad breath, weight loss or a drooping face, make your dog’s dental health a priority. By establishing a routine from day one, you will help keep your dog free from infections, extractions and possibly worse health complications in later life.

*results in dogs may vary

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I must admit both my dogs breath arnt fresh but they have lovely teeth

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My staffy loves his hide bones and then a denta stick for treats and his teeth and breath are brilliant.��x

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ive been using dental chews for my dog since he was old enough to chew them but they didnt make any difference, even brushing them has made no difference and he goes to the vet once a month to have them properly scaled. He keeps getting gum infections and has lost 3 teeth so far. ive followed the vets advice and changed from tin food to dry food but its made no difference.

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I try to clean my large dog's teeth every day.It's jolly hard work as he is always trying to lick the paste off before i have finished! Worth it in the long run though I expect rather than having big vet bills and putting them through horrible extractions through lack of care and tartar build up

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