Brushing your pets teeth is an important contribution to its furever health.
Unfortunately, brushing your dog’s teeth usually gets forgotten on the long to-do list. It is, however, extremely important for your pet’s health and can be done in a few minutes (after your dog is familiar with the procedure!). Shockingly, 80% of dogs have dental disease by the age of 3! To avoid having your companion in pain or expensive visits to the vet, here are 3 reasons to start brushing his teeth today –
Reduces Bad Breath
Obviously, those who brush less have stale breath. Imagine if your dog has never had his teeth brushed, mixed with a poor diet. Yuck! Brushing your dog’s teeth is important to freshen the odour but also remove the food particles on his gums or teeth.
Removes Plaque and Tartar
Plaque and tartar are bad, but what’s worse is that it can cause blockages when it moves to other parts of the body. A build-up of plaque and tartar is also linked with arthritis and heart disease so get brushing!
Avoids Periodontal Disease
The most common dental disease for dogs, brushing your dog’s teeth stimulates the teeth and gum, making sure they are healthy in their adult years.
How often should I brush my dogs’ teeth?
Typically, plaque can start to build up within days, so we recommend every 2 or 3 days. The more often, the better.
I heard that dry food is good for dental health, is that correct? No! Kibble improving your dog’s dental health is a myth. In fact, given the abundance of carbohydrates in dry food, they don’t contribute to your pet’s diet, they just break down into sugar, stick to your dog’s teeth and cause dental decay! Diet is a key factor for improving your pets’ teeth, so we would recommend a fresh food diet.
Whilst dogs didn’t have a toothbrush in the wild, they ate an appropriate diet and bones to reduce dental diseases. Cartilage, ligaments and tendons from raw bones can act as a dental floss for your dog. Even if you already feed your dog a species appropriate, balanced diet, we recommend brushing your pet’s teeth regularly. Book a dental check-up every couple of years to prevent dental diseases.
What do you currently do to help your pets dental health?