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.
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