As people, we aren’t the only ones who need to look after our teeth.
Your pooch does too. Dog dental disease is more common than you might think. But what can you do to stay on top of your dog’s dental health?
Well, a good starting point is keeping them on the right diet. This post will outline the best types of dental care dog food for your furry family member.
A raw meat diet contains natural enzymes that help resist bacterial plaque that can harm the teeth. It’s not uncommon for pet owners that feed their dogs raw food to notice that their teeth and overall dental hygiene are in good condition. Whether it’s a fully raw food diet or just a meaty bone, both are known to improve dental health.
Raw meaty bones provide your dog with a cleaning advantage and keep their gums nice and healthy. They’re the preferred choice for dog owners as cooked bones are more brittle and could splinter when they’re chewed on. Which is obviously not ideal for a choking hazard for your little pal.
Chewing bones can mean broken teeth and damaged gums for dogs, which is the biggest worry for owners. Larger bones, like marrow bones, are recommended by veterinarians as they’re less likely to break and cause damage to their teeth. Whereas, smaller and oddly shaped bones are common culprits that break teeth.
Larger bones aren’t chewed at the same angle that smaller ones are. Due to their size, they’re not able to reach the back teeth like the smaller ones are. Nylon bones, antlers, cooked bones and bully sticks aren’t recommended for your pooch.
There are two types of antioxidants that are commonly used in dog food. These are natural and synthetic. Antioxidants in dog food help preserve it as well as have real benefits for your doggo too.
They protect a dog’s body cells from any damage and also strengthen their immune system. They slow down the damage that free radicals can cause and also prevent serious health issues from worsening too. Free radicals are produced when body cells are damaged due to the effects of oxidation.
In younger dogs, antioxidants can aid the immune system before vaccinations have a chance to take action. And it’s not just younger dogs they can benefit either. In older dogs, they can slow down oxidative injuries that form in the brain and organs. This means that they prolong their life and promote a healthy lifestyle.
When looking for dog food, natural antioxidants are said to be healthier for your pooch. But they don’t tend to last as long as other alternatives. Dog food that is made with a natural antioxidant will have a shorter shelf life than those made of synthetic ones. You may wish to buy smaller packages of natural antioxidant dog food as they’ll soon lose their freshness once opened. Our products that contain sweet potato, cranberries, oranges and carrots are great sources of antioxidant for your pooch.
Like humans, dogs rely on omega-3 fatty acids for various reasons. Vision and brain development in young puppies, reduction in inflammation and the central nervous tissue are just some of the benefits that dogs can gain from fatty acids in their food.
These aren’t the only ones either, fatty acids are brilliant for your dog’s oral health. Fatty acids are usually found in a lot of fish dishes, which is something to bear in mind when buying your dog food. Our salmon, trout, sweet potato and asparagus is rich in nutrients and minerals, plus it’s high in Omega 3 – as are all products in our range.
The acids work hard to break down plaque and tartar build-up in your dog’s mouth. The build-up of these two is directly related to bad breath and increasingly poor dental hygiene – and that’s the last thing you want for your pet, isn’t it?
Probiotics are really beneficial for your dog’s oral health. But what are they? Well, they are groups of friendly bacteria that compete with harmful bacteria for places to stay and live in your dog’s mouth.
Probiotics bind to your pet’s teeth and produce byproducts that fight the colonisation of harmful bacteria. They change the pH levels in the mouth, which means that their mouths simply kill all the bacteria whenever they come across it.
Add probiotics to your dog’s daily diet. After all, there are over a trillion cells of bacteria entering your dog’s mouth daily, so you should aim to restore the balance between good and bad. Probiotic-rich foods like fermented vegetables are common and easy ways to introduce them into their diet. Reet Good products are all rich in probiotics. Plus, we steam our fresh ingredients, so that locks in more of the nutrients lost during conventional cooking techniques.
Unless you’re adding them to their diet via supplements, then try wrapping them in a treat or including them in their daily meals. Don’t make it too obvious on show though, your dog will soon find out what you’re trying to do.
Or, you could apply oils and ointments directly to your dog’s gums – if they let you, we know how tricky this can be. Watch your fingers.
Biodent products carry a combination of minerals, ground bone and gland fluids that can support healthy jaws, teeth and connective tissues. They keep the ligaments healthy in the mouth, which is important for overall tooth health. So, unless you want your furry pal to lose all their teeth and go through some obvious discomfort, we’d recommend that you include them in their diet.
If you’re not sure what biodent products to include into your dog’s diet, ask your veterinarian who’ll be able to advise accordingly the best action to take.
The Importance of Dog Dental Hygiene
Firstly, as we all know, typical dog breath stinks. Do you want to have to wince away or wretch every time that your dog comes close to you? By looking after their teeth, you’re taking care of the biggest influence on bad pet breath.
By not looking after your doggo’s oral hygiene, you’re actually risking their whole body and ultimately their health. Infections and diseases can spread into your pet’s organs, including their heart. The last thing you want is to risk your little buddy’s life, especially when you can easily clean their teeth and protect them.
Your dog’s teeth will be put through a lot in their life. Whether it’s eating, playing or just everyday wear and tear, they come across a lot. So, not looking after them properly could mean that they end up losing them. Not only will your dog not be able to do as much, but it will cause quite a lot of discomfort for your pooch.
Dogs are great at putting on a front for pain. So, you might not know there’s even a problem until it’s seriously advanced. It might then be too late to salvage their teeth or they could have developed a very serious issue. By looking after their teeth and mouth in general, you’re aiding their overall health greatly.
Also, think about it, people need constant care and maintenance on their teeth. So why shouldn’t your pup? We all know how horrible toothache can be, so don’t risk your dog getting it and regularly have dental check-ups and polishes to help them out. But even changing their diet can be incredibly beneficial.
Look After Your Dog Like They Look After You
Your dog is your most loyal pal and you want to keep them in the best possible shape they can be in. So, why not start with their mouth. As we’ve mentioned, dental problems can become very serious if untreated or even unrecognised, so make sure that you stay on top of heir dental hygiene.
We’re not saying that you have to buy your dog a top of the range toothbrush and put it in the pot next to yours in the bathroom. But why not look at their diet and see what easy changes you can make to it? It’s a simple fix that can benefit both of you. They’ll be pain-free and you won’t have to suffer the smell of dog breath.