2 APR 2014- Earlier today I talked about some food variation in your dog's diet((for 1 Apr 2014)). Now I would like to touch on dental health. I am VERY guilty of not keeping up on brushing my dog's teeth like I can and should; however, I AM making a conscientious effort to improve this are for the sake of my pets health.
The truth is an estimated 78% of dogs over 3 years old have some form of periodontal disease. If left untreated, oral disease can cause pain and infection, strongly affecting the behavior of your furry friend. - See more at: http://www.virbacpets.com/resources/newsletter-article/did-you-know-top-five-pet-dental-facts-revealed#sthash.Kr6NMxwy.dpuf
Periodontitis may lead to other health problems. Periodontal disease causes red, swollen and tender gums, receding gums, bleeding, pain and bad breath. If left untreated, periodontitis can lead to tooth loss.
The inflammation and infection associated with periodontal disease may damage other organs such as the heart, liver, and kidneys, or lead to other serious health problems.
There are several ways to help keep your dog's teeth clean and healthy:
-dental wipes are very good for cleaning small and toy breeds
-dental sprays help break up the tatar build up on teeth
-dental toothpaste/brushes are better for medium to large breeds
-adding dental additive to dog's water is quick and easy
-there are single finger brushes, regular tooth bushes, gloves with tiny brushes built in on the index and thumb area
-dog treats such as greenies are excellent to help with caring for your dog's dental needs, but should NOT be the only method relied on.
Bottom line is: taking 5-10 minutes per WEEK is not an excess amount of time out of "our" busy lives. Once your dog understands what is going on it usually is a breeze to accomplish. PLEASE take the time and be patient with a dog who is resistant. Make it a fun experience and know you are contributing to the overall health of your beautiful companion and not paying expensive vet bills for teeth extractions, pain meds, antibiotics to treat infections, or general heath deterioration in later life due to poor dental issues and prevent "doggy breath!"
GOD BLESS and PAWS ^5