Doing a great job of looking after your canine companion encompasses many responsibilities. One of the most important aspects of your dog’s care involves monitoring and supporting his dental health.
Your dog’s teeth are just as important to him as yours are to you. Like us, our canines rely on their teeth to bite and chew their food. Their teeth are also a natural line of defence and when your pet’s teeth are less than healthy, it can cause him to feel vulnerable to potential predators, even when he is a happy, domesticated animal. Keeping your pet’s teeth healthy is entirely the responsible of you as his owner. Fortunately, there are various things that you can do to support your canine best friend’s dental wellbeing.
Ways to keep your dog’s teeth healthy
Helping your dog to maintain healthy, functional teeth is easier now than ever before thanks to a range of different supporting products and treatments.
The most important thing you can do it to brush your dog’s teeth as much as possible. While this doesn’t guarantee that your pet wont experience dental problems, it does make them less likely. Brushing a dog’s teeth may sound like mission impossible, but with a little patience and practise we guarantee that it is easier than you expect.
Scheduling regular dental check-ups for your pet with our veterinarian is also crucial. Our vet has the knowledge and skill to be able to spot any developing dental problems early and before they cause irreparable damage to your canine’s teeth and health.
Another very easy and beneficial tool for your pet’s dental health is regularly giving your dog dental treats.
What are dental treats?
Dental treats are a great way of reducing the amount of plaque and tartar on your dog’s teeth and improving her breath. Many are available in pet stores, but there are a few that can only be obtained directly through our veterinarian.
Dental treats work primarily in two ways. The first is that they stimulate the production of saliva which is your dog’s natural defence against tooth decay. Saliva neutralizes acids and washes away bacteria before damage to your teeth can occur. The other is that abrasive treats actually replicate a slight brushing action, eroding away any plaque that is present on your doggo’s teeth.
Types of dog dental treat
There are various types of dog dental treat available on the market, and dozens of brands and products to choose from. These include:
- Rawhide chews (made from the hides of horses or cows)
- Dental chews
- Dental biscuits
- Dental bones
Many veterinarians also advocate the use of chew toys as again, these encourage your dog’s body to produce saliva and can be rough against his teeth.
What is the best dental treat for dogs?
Deciding which is the best dental treat for dogs is no easy task and really depends on your pet’s personal preference. After all, no treat is going to do a good job of keeping your canine’s teeth clean if he can’t tolerate the smell, taste or texture of them! We recommend that you play around with different dental treats until you find one that you pet enjoys.
Nevertheless, there are some dental treats that are considered to be more beneficial than others. Take for example, Blue Buffalo Dental Chews for Dogs. These all-natural chews contain no corn, wheat or soy, which are known triggers for canine allergies. However, they do contain glucosamine and chondroitin which can support your canine’s joint health, something that is particularly helpful as he gets older. Their meaty flavor and scent makes Buffalo Dental Chews very popular among many varieties of dog.
Alternatively, why not consider Greenies Original Dental Dog Treats. These are one of the leading dental chews on the market and they contain added vitamins and minerals for greater nutritional value than many other types of dental chew.
Look for dental chews that have the VOHC® seal of acceptance. This means that the Veterinary Oral Health Council has tested and confirmed the prodict’s effectiveness.
You should also make sure that you choose a chew that is the right size for your pet. Choosing one that is too big or small could have dangerous repercussions for your pet.
If you need further advice on the best dental treat to give your dog, contact us and arrange to speak to our veterinarian for a recommendation.