Dental care for dogs

Taking care of a dog’s oral health is important. Four out of five dogs over the age of 3 years show signs of periodontal disease (gum disease). This occurs due to poor dog dental hygiene which results in plaque and tartar build-up over time. Having a good dental care routine can effectively prevent plaque and tartar build up and maintain proper oral health for dogs.

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Importance of dog oral care

Taking care of your dog dental health is important. Unfortunately, 90% of dog owners think that their pooch’s oral care is already in order and are completely unaware that their dog suffers from poor oral health and may have periodontal disease. 

The problem with dog oral care can be even more serious. It’s been shown that untreated periodontal is associated with the development of other serious health problems for a dog. Bacteria from the mouth can enter the bloodstream and spread to the heart, lung, kidneys, and other organs as well. 

Therefore, pet parents need to establish a proper dog oral care routine for healthy dog teeth. This can include cleaning the teeth as well as feeding a dental treat. This way, you can help your furry friend enjoy good oral health and avoid gum disease.

Even puppies need care for their oral health. Puppies acquaint themselves with the world by sniffing and biting everything around. That’s why dental care for dogs is important right from the early stages of life to ensure overall good health.

Tips to maintain dog dental health

Here are a few tips on dog dental health that you should keep in mind:

  • Regular brushing - 

    Brushing your dog’s teeth is one of the most important steps to follow when looking after your dog’s dental health. Brush your dog’s teeth at least three times a week. Also, ensure to use a toothbrush and toothpaste that is specially designed for dogs.
  • Feeding the right diet -

    What you feed your dog can directly affect its oral health. Feeding homemade food is not always good for your dog’s teeth. This food may have a texture that doesn’t allow for plaque removal or gum massage. Some sort of crunch is necessary to remove the plaque at the top of a dog’s teeth. Dry kibble like Pedigree® dry dog food can look after your dog’s teeth to keep bad breath at bay.
  • Feeding dog dental treats -

    Another effective way of controlling plaque and tartar build-up is by feeding your pet with dog chew treats that are specifically formulated to support overall oral health. Pedigree® Dentastix® can step in as the perfect solution if you’re looking for dental treats for dogs. These treats are X-shaped and have a gently abrasive texture to help clean teeth that are hard to reach and support gum health. These treats are scientifically proven to help reduce tartar build-up by 80%. You can feed Pedigree® Dentastix® every day in order to clean your dog’s teeth and protect your dog’s dental health. We offer a range of Dentastix® that starts from puppy dental care to adult dogs.
  • Regular dental check-ups -

    You should get your pooch’s teeth cleaned by a veterinarian at least twice a year. This will help you mitigate any major infection and help keep your pet’s teeth and guns healthy.

What are the symptoms of bad oral health in a dog?

Identifying if your dog is suffering from a dental condition can be tough in early stages. You can conduct an inspection by lifting your pet’s lip and looking inside. Tartar can appear as a brownish yellow or red discolouration close to the gum line. What should be healthy pink gums will look red and swollen. Another obvious sign of dental disease is bad breath. Gum bleeding upon gentle probing with your fingers is another easily noticeable sign to look out for.

Good dog dental hygiene will keep your pet healthy and happy!

With proper and daily dog dental hygiene and the right diet, you can make a positive difference in your dog’s oral health. In addition, you should maintain a regular schedule of veterinarian appointments. Your vet will examine your dog’s teeth and gums and treat them when required. If you notice signs of gingivitis or periodontal disease in your dog’s mouth, make an appointment with your vet right away.

Taking care of a dog’s dental health is one of the things that dog owners need to prioritise apart from following regular schedules of dog vaccination, feeding nutritious food, and overall exercise for good health. Learn how to take care of a dog’s teeth and how to brush a dog’s teeth to properly care for your four-legged friend.

FAQs on dog oral care

Why is dental care for dogs important?

Bad oral health is not just limited to bad breath. It can also lead to problems such as tooth loss and systematic infection of other organs (e.g. heart and kidneys). Moreover, 80% of dogs over the age of 3 years have signs of periodontal disease (gum disease). We, as a pet parents, need to be aware that dog dental health is important and needs to be taken care of before the signs are advanced and harder to control. You can reach out to your vet for proper guidance on dog oral care.

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