Dog Dental Hygine
For many owners keeping on top of oral health can be frustrating, and many owners overlook the importance of a proper dental hygiene routine.
This likely contributes to the fact that 80% of dogs will have dental issues before they turn 3, and why dental-related issues are the #1 reason for vet visits.
Issues often start with bad breath, which many owners ignore as 'normal', and while your dog won't have minty fresh breath 24/7 their breath should not be disgustingly bad.
A proper dental routine can help reduce the prevalence and onset of Periodontal disease.
Here are 4 things that should be in their routine:
- Teeth brushing at home (1-3x a week) - It’s an excellent way to prevent plaque buildup. You don’t need to brush your dog’s teeth daily, although the more often the better. You can train your dog to tolerate having their teeth cleaned. Note: Do not use human toothpaste!
- Water Additive (daily) - This is an easy-to-use solution that is added to water and acts similar to 'mouthwash'. It is useful to clean hard-to-reach areas the brush can't reach and will provide daily protection. It contains enzymes to help break down plaque and freshen breath. Make sure you get a natural solution, many cheaper alternatives use chemicals that should be avoided (e.g. Chlorine Dioxide or sodium benzoate).
- Dental chews (2-3x a week) - these are the most popular solution, and many owners rely only on chews (this is not recommended). They contain enzymes to help breakdown plaque and freshen breath.
- Professional cleaning (1 x per year) - the most invasive (and expensive) option, however the best way to ensure your dog’s oral health is to have them undergo a professional cleaning by a veterinarian.
All 4 of these solutions should be used to fully support your dog's dental health (and prevent deterioration later in life)!
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