Did you know around 80% of dogs develop some sort of dental disease before they're three years old? It’s vital to start a doggy dental care regime when your dog is a pup.
Like people, the best way to keep your pet’s teeth clean is to brush them at least once daily. If you are able to get your pup used to it early on, then it’s the best preventative measure through adult dog life. There are many varieties of brushes and paste you can buy. Browse the range here:
However, not all pets are willing to having their teeth brushed! Most dogs and cats (and rabbits!) love to chew, so a diet and fun toys that encourage this behaviour are an excellent way to help keep those teeth clean! Dog teeth and gums require constant massaging to keep healthy and clean. As a rule, anything that is going to get into the gaps and work away on the tooth surface is a good idea.
What food & treats can I give my pet to clean their teeth?
For large dogs, big bones are best with chicken wings a great alternative for cats and small dogs. It is important to only give raw bones, as cooked bones may splinter and cause oral or intestinal injury. As bones should be given raw, it is important to ensure that they (or any meat product) are fresh, and that care is taken with marrow bones as they can be very rich and fatty. Dental treats like are excellent for helping keep teeth clean by mechanically removing plaque and preventing tartar and plaque formation. Dental treats include:
- Oravet Chews
- Savourlife Dental Bars
Or, you can keep your buddy's teeth clean with the Tropiclean dental range.
What food is available for dental issues?
It is recommended to feed your dog a dry food daily to provide their teeth with regular cleaning as they chew the pellets. If your buddy has dental issues, they can be fed specialized oral care (Royal Canin and Hill’s Science Diet) or dental diets (Royal Canin Dental Diet, Hill’s Science Diet T/D). These diets are specially formulated to combat plaque and tartar, and the individual kibbles are larger than standard dry food biscuits to scrub your pet’s teeth clean by chewing. If you think your pet would benefit from a specialised dental diet, we recommend speaking with your local PETstock VET.
Cleaner dog teeth means better dog breath too. If your dog has continuous bad breath it could flag other digestive problems, so you should investigate further.
Don't forget, PETstock VET offers free dental checks with a nurse to all Petstock Rewards members. Find your nearest PETstock VET here: