Just like humans, dogs can get the same dental problems. Plaque and tartar can accumulate on their teeth. They can get cavities and painful infections and abscesses. They can develop gum issues like gingivitis and periodontal disease, which can lead to eventual tooth loss and inflammation throughout the body. That's why it is so important to make sure you take care of your dog's teeth. Here are three ways you can ensure you maintain your pet's oral health.
Brush Their Teeth
The veterinarian wants you to brush your dog's teeth daily, but that is probably a lofty goal, especially if you have more than one dog. After all, it's not like most dogs enjoy the process, and people lead busy lives. Regardless, be sure to have a toothbrush for each dog and an approved toothpaste. If you have the right tools, you'll be apt to use them more often.
Feed Them Quality Food
A quality dog food made with whole foods such as meat, fish, fruits, vegetables, and whole grains will not only keep your dog's teeth healthy, but it will also help keep their entire body strong and healthy. Cheap dog food that has fillers, refined grains, and meat byproducts isn't good for a dog any more than processed food is good for you. These substances can also leave a coating on your dog's teeth that will eventually lead to trouble. Give them the protein and nutrients they need with quality food.
Give Them The Right Kind Of Treats
Just as there is good dog food and bad dog food, the same applies to dog treats. And unfortunately, the most popular ones are often the absolute worst for your dog. Ingredients in commercial dog treats are often bone meal, wheat, corn, mystery meat and poultry byproducts, sugar, corn syrup, sodium, artificial flavoring, artificial coloring, sodium nitrate, and preservatives such as BHA/BHT and citric acid. These treats will do nothing good for a dog's teeth, let alone the rest of his or her body.
Your dog should be given a quality treat that will also double as an effective way to scrub the plaque from their teeth. For example, a 12-inch jumbo bully stick is a perfect treat. Sourced from free-range cattle, these dried appendages don't have any additional ingredients to worry about. They are high in protein, and they will help keep your dog's breath fresh-smelling and their teeth clean. A bully stick will also provide hours of chewing enjoyment, even with the strongest, biggest breeds.