4 ways to great doggy dental hygiene

Dogs need their teeth so that they can eat and chew properly, but 3 out of 4 dogs over the age of 3 years have some degree of periodontal disease.

May 28, 2020

Healthy  teeth are as important to dogs as they are to humans. Dogs need their teeth so  that they can eat and chew properly, but 3 out of 4 dogs over the age of 3 years have some degree of periodontal disease. Left untreated, this can lead to  heart, liver and kidney problems.

Here are 4 important ways you can look after  your dog’s teeth.

  • Tooth  brushing: just like us, dogs need their teeth brushed at least 3 times a week.  Start with a gentle wipe with a cloth and when they are used to this, move onto  a dog toothbrush dipped in warm water. Once they are used to the brush, add a  specialist canine toothpaste.
  • Dry dog food: this  allows the dog to chew and scrub off the bacterial plaque, while also  stimulating the gums. They  can also enjoy a regular dog chew which can help to clean their teeth.
  • Raw bones - treating your  dog to a raw bone will minimise the risk of dental disease and keep your pet  busy as well.
  • Regular  dental checks: visit your local vet for a regular check-up and professional  clean, if necessary.
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Signs of dental problems include:

  • Consistently  bad doggy breath
  • Difficulty  eating
  • Loss  of appetite
  • Bleeding  and/or red gums
  • Yellow-brown  tartar build-up on the teeth
  • Drooling
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