By Roma Aguilar (Bow & Wow Solenad 3)

 

Does your pooch balk when it’s time to brush their teeth? It may not be the easiest task to do, but oral hygiene plays a big part in caring for a healthy dog.

Maintaining your dog’s oral hygiene should start as early as 2 months, to get them used to having their pearly whites brushed and gums massaged. This ultimately makes it easier for you and your pup to continue this practice even when he’s fully-grown.

As a pet parent, I also struggle when it comes to doing this daunting task. Fortunately, to assist you with this dilemma, giving them an all-natural dental treat would be the best alternative just in case you missed brushing those chompers.

 

What Dental Treat Can I Try?

I personally love giving my fur babies the Ark Naturals Brushless Toothpaste Dental Chew. This treat is a 4-in-1 Dental Care Solution that fights off plaque and tartar, acts as an abrasive cleaner, and has a toothpaste center with active ingredients for fresher breath.

It contains Vitamin C, which is essential in strengthening gums and soft tissue in their mouth. They’re also protected against gingivitis, the early stage of gum disease, to help prevent teeth from becoming loose.

 

available at Bow & Wow

 

Effects of Poor Oral Hygiene

Poor oral hygiene may lead to serious complications because it can introduce bad bacteria into different parts of their body. Studies have shown that dogs with severe periodontal disease may damage their kidneys, heart muscles, and liver.

 

There are other health issues, such as:

        ·        Pyorrhea (inflammation or pus in the gums and tooth sockets)

        ·        Diabetes

        ·        Heart disease

        ·        Heart valve infections

        ·        High blood pressure

        ·        Kidney problems

        ·        Some cancer

        ·        Broken jaw (common to smaller breeds like Chihuahua, Maltese, and Shih Tzu)

 

Preventing Health Issues One Tooth at a Time

To prevent these health issues from happening, it is advisable to brush your fur babies’ teeth at least three times a week or take them to your trusted vet for professional dental cleaning at least once a year. However, if you’re still having trouble maintaining this practice, dental treats are your next best alternative.

Providing supplements like CoQ10, Omega 3 and Probiotics are also beneficial for your fur babies’ oral health because these act as soldiers who combat bad bacteria and deflate any inflammation.

Considering everything, always make sure to make this experience enjoyable for your fur baby. Ask for help, if needed, whether from your veterinarian or from an experienced Petcare Advisor at Bow & Wow. Don’t forget, even superheroes must brush their teeth!

 

About the Author

Roma Aguilar is a passionate pet lover, who is inspired to share her knowledge of pet care to all customers at Bow & Wow Solenad 3.

 

Sources:

https://www.centrestreetanimalhospital.com/

https://www.petmd.com/