Cleaning Your Dogs Teeth

Dog teeth cleaning is an important part of being a pet parent. We need to ensure their teeth and gums are healthy to prevent tooth decay and bad breath.

According to a recent survey over half of the dog owners say their pets have bad breath. However, they believe it’s a normal part of dog ownership

It also found that only 1 in 10 dog owners has sought veterinary advice about their dog’s breath. Only a fifth would worry about it being a sign of a more serious health concern.

We like a little kiss and a snuggle with our dogs and soon notice if their breath is a little bit whiffy! But why? Here is our guide to dental health and fresh breath.

Teeth and gums - signs to look for

TOOTH AND GUM DISEASE
This is the most common reason for bad breath in dogs. As dog's age, these problems get worse due to the build-up of plaque. So dog teeth cleaning is vital for oral health. When the breath is very bad, then tooth decay or infection can be present. In this case, extractions may be needed to improve the smell and your dog’s health.  how to clean your dogs teeth
Things to look for:
- Accumulation of brown tartar.
- Painful when eating.
- Their gums bleed.
- They are drooling (more than usual).
- They drop food.
- They are not happy about you touching their mouths.
These are all signs that your dog has inflamed gums called gingivitis or even rotten teeth.
LICKING OF THE ANAL AREA

If you’ve got a dog with an itchy bottom, he’ll lick his anus where anal gland fluid get's on to his tongue. This smells pretty bad and is be a sign that his anal glands need expressing. This can be done quickly and painlessly by your vet.

THINGS STUCK IN THE MOUTH

If something gets stuck in your dog’s mouth, a stick for instance. It will cause an infection and will cause a smell as it starts to rot. You will also see your dog pawing at their mouth.

KIDNEY, LIVER DISEASE AND DIABETES

If your dog is unwell or is drinking more than normal as well as having bad breath. Then they may be poorly and need veterinary care.

GUT PROBLEMS

A gut infection or blockage can make your dog’s breath smelly. You will often notice other signs such as vomiting, or diarrhoea before you notice the bad breath.

How to help keep their mouth healthy

HEALTHY DIET

Ensure your dog's diet is healthy and nutritious.

Regular dental checks

Dogs investigate with their mouths so dog dental cleaning is important. As owners, we need to check in their mouths regularly. Get into the habit of regularly checking your dog's mouth. Gums should be a nice healthy pink colour and their teeth should be reasonably white. Look for changes in their gum condition, colour of their teeth and a general look around to check everything is as it should be. cleaning your dogs teeth

Cleaning 

Just like humans, unless teeth are cleaned on a regular basis a film of sticky plaque can build up. Dog dental cleaning removes it, preventing it from hardening and turning into brown tartar. Since tartar can not be removed by brushing resulting in a visit to the vet. The vet removes tartar whilst your pooch is under general anaesthetic.

DOG CHEWS

Provide your dog with a natural dog treat to promote chewing and reduce plaque buildup.

Dogs that chew actively have less plaque build-up and can reduce plaque by nearly 70%..

Giving your dog a treat regularly will help with the cleaning of your dogs teeth.  It will help look after their teeth in several ways.

Firstly, the action of chewing can help to physically shift plaque and tartar. In addition, chewing stimulates the release of saliva, which in turn can help to flush away bacteria and debris which would otherwise end up as plaque.  Always choose one made from natural ingredients

All our treats are made from natural ingredients and produced to the highest quality to ensure your pet gets the best. Here’s just 3 of our full range of treats that can help keep your four-legged friends' teeth and gums healthy.

Chicken feet

Ideal for dogs of all breeds and sizes, chicken’s feet are air-dried making them the perfect chewy treat for our canine pals.

Full of Glucosamine and essential nutrients for good gum health and removing particles of plaque as they munch their way through these tasty morsels.

Pigs ears

These treats are the ultimate boredom buster, extremely chew and long-lasting they act as nature toothbrushes. Stimulating the release of saliva, flushing away bacteria and debris which would otherwise end up as plaque.
We can’t guarantee to give them a pearly white smile, but our Pigs Ears will keep your dog’s teeth and gums healthy therefore helping to keep their breath fresher.

Mini roast bone

Dogs loved to chew, it’s a natural instinct. The rough texture of bones helps remove plaque and the action of chewing stimulates the release of saliva, washing away bacteria and debris.
We can’t guarantee to give them pearly white teeth, but our bones will help keep your dog’s teeth and gums healthy resulting in fresher breath.

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