Dog dental health
“Doggy breath” is not necessarily normal
Plaque builds up every day on our four-legged friends’ teeth and at their gum lines. When continuously left, the plaque can mineralize or harden, forming calculus or tartar. This tartar sticks to the surface of a dog’s teeth, forming a foundation for further build-up. Eventually, this can produce an environment that is perfect for certain types of bacteria that can be destructive to periodontal tissues and produce a more obvious odour.
Warning signs of dental disease in dogs
- Bad breath
- Loose teeth
- Gingivitis (inflammation of the gums)
- Excessive drooling
- Lack of appetite or reluctance to eat hard food
- Bleeding gums
Home dog dental care routine
“You must use a pet tooth paste as the human tooth pastes have a high fluoride content which can be toxic to cats and dogs…”
When times to brushing your pet’s teeth, the Pet Food Manufacturers’ Association (PFMA for short) suggest that pet owners should always seek advice from a vet to ensure that brushing is effective and this depends on motivation, a certain degree of technical skill by the owner, and of course, a willing pet! You will need a (soft) toothbrush and a toothpaste formulated for pets. You must use a pet toothpaste as the human toothpastes have a high fluoride content which can be toxic to cats and dogs. Again owners should seek their vet’s advice.
“support the mouth’s own self-cleaning system by feeding a balanced diet…”
The PFMA also advise supporting the mouth’s own self-cleaning system by feeding a balanced diet which includes some biscuits and chews. As well as the above methods of removing plaque, there are a number of excellent dental chews and specially formulated diets which can provide significant improvements to your pet’s oral health
Finally, regular veterinary check ups should include an examination of your pet’s mouth. Like humans, many pets, particularly middle-aged and older cats and dogs, require periodic professional scaling by a vet in addition to on-going plaque control.
Laughing Dog’s brand-new dental treats
Our brand-new Grain Free Teeth and Gums Dental Dog Treats are great for maintaining your dog’s dental hygiene. Our delicious treats are jam-packed with flavours and ingredients we know your four-legged friend will love. They are also perfect as a snack between meals or as a super tasty training treat.
Into the mixing bowl we’ve added parsley, a natural source of vitamin K and can help settle tummies, as well as mint to help keep breath fresh and to help maintain a healthy digestive tract. In addition to these tasty goodies, we’ve also included citrus extract which helps reduce the number of periodontal disease-causing microorganisms. Our grain free dental treats also include cellulose fibre to help give an extra crunch to the treat to aid with the removal of plaque from teeth and gums. They are suitable for dogs over 12 weeks of age.
- No added grain, gluten, sugar, salt, dairy or soya
- No fillers or nasties
- No added artificial colours, flavours or preservatives
- Made with natural ingredients
- Made on our farm in Britain
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