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
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.