Advice on maintaining your dog’s dental health

Advice on maintaining your dog’s dental health

These teeth are made for chomping and that's just what they'll do ... 

Have you ever been having a nice game of fetch or tug of war when all of a sudden you catch a whiff of your dog’s bad breath? While it’s easy to tease our dogs about needing a breath mint, we shouldn’t brush off our pets' bad breath. Bad breath may be a sign of more serious problems, such as damage to our pets' teeth and gums, or even internal organs, according to the American Veterinary Medical Association.

Dental care is not only important for people but for our four-legged companions as well. According to the American Veterinary Dental College, most dogs and cats have some evidence of periodontal (gum) disease by the time they are three years old. Some symptoms of dental disease include bad breath, excessive drooling, a reluctance to eat, listlessness, and discolored teeth. Imagine what your mouth would look like if you never brushed your teeth.

Since February is National Pet Dental Health Month, there’s no better time to learn about the importance of our pets' dental health and what role we can play in keeping our pets healthy.

Not only is it important to regularly check your pets' teeth and gums for any discoloration or inflammation, it’s equally as important to keep up with your pets' teeth by cleaning and brushing them as often as possible. But because your dog probably isn’t too crazy about having his teeth brushed every day, SitStay carries various toys and treats that will make it much easier to keep his teeth clean.

ProDen Plaque Off is a natural supplement that helps with bad breath and reduction of plaque and tartar.  Toys and treats that require your dog to do a lot of chewing are great for your dog’s teeth. Snook's Sweet Potato Chew Rope cleans your dog’s teeth and gums as they chew. Planet Dog's Orbee-Tuff Mint is just was it says it is. This fun disc-shaped toy looks just like a giant candy mint and smells like one too!


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judy wilson

judy wilson said:

You’re right about how dental care is just as important for pets as it is for people. I’ve noticed that my dog’s teeth has been looking more discolored than usual. I was feeling worried that he might need to have his teeth cleaned, and if his gums are healthy, so it’s good to know that I can take him to a vet for dental work. You made a good point about how I should keep up with a teeth cleaning routine for my dog, so I’ll be sure to do that from now on. Thanks for the tips! http://www.fairportanimalhospital.com/#!services/ck7s

April Cook

April Cook said:

How often would you suggest brushing my dogs teeth? I want to start taking him to get a teeth cleaning regularly, but am looking for things I can do at home too. I’ll make sure to get him some toys that require lots of chewing, like you mentioned. I didn’t know that that would help his teeth health! Thanks for the information! http://montclairvethospital.com/services/dentistry.html

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