How to Keep a Dogs Mouth Healthy
Keeping your dogs mouth clean and healthy is very important. Beyond looking dirty and often smelling bad it can lead to gum disease and this is something you want to avoid. None of us like the dentist and neither do dogs!! At the dentist they will likely be given a general anaesthetic – which in dogs is no small thing. So here’s a quick five step plan to keep that mouth nice and healthy.
It’s important to add that these tips go beyond all the “masks” out there, such as treats with mint or eucalyptus which are akin to putting a nice smelling plaster on gangrene, or dental sticks, which aside from not working contain ingredients we recommend you do not feed to dogs (wheat, gluten, salt, sugar and a number of nasty chemicals). There are better, healthier, more permanent ways. These are written in order of importance and in order of which you should consider.
Ways to keep a Dogs mouth healthy
Feed Good Food
Don’t feed dry, pelleted food. It’s full of carbs (sugar) and gunk that sticks to their teeth and fuels bacterial growth. Feed them a nice, biologically appropriate diet of fresh meat.
Cut out Unhealthy Treats
The bad news is that there are no pet or vet store treats that really work to clean your dogs teeth or freshen their breath. We are all tempted now and again to give our little buddies something we really know they shouldn’t (such as a sugary biscuit), but you need to cut this out, certainly for the moment while he is being cleaned up. And no more fruit. It’s all sugar and they can’t clean it off their teeth. Bits of veg are fine but dog’s do not need too much of that in their diet either.
Feed Raw Meaty Bones (RMB’s)
RMB’s are like a dog’s toothbrush. Feed them twice a week. They love ’em, but never feed cooked bones.
If you have a very stubborn issue which the above steps have not alleviated or if you need the issue sorted quickly, then you might need something extra. In this respect we strongly recommend you give Canident a try, for the simple reason that it works. Canident helps to reduce tartar and halitosis (bad breath) in 4 - 15 weeks, most certainly if the above three steps are being adhered to. We are so sure we offer a 100% money back guarantee if you are not happy with the results.
Use a Brush
Despite your best efforts there will be some hard to reach spots that resist the rub of a bone or the reach of Canident on it’s own. After a month or two, Canident will have softened the tartar to such an extent that the brush of a toothbrush should be enough to remove the last of the tartar. Feel free to use a canine dental paste of some form for the job, it can only help.