Periodontal disease is more than just a cosmetic issue. In addition to causing inflammation, tooth loss, and pain for your dog, bacteria that starts in the gums can work its way into the bloodstream and affect the lungs, the kidneys, and even the heart. This condition could be causing your dog to suffer in silence, as there is evidence that up to 85% of dogs over the age of 3 could be suffering, and at risk of death.
Brushing your dogs teeth daily is recommended, but realistic??
Regular checks up and cleaning at the vets? Expensive and potentially traumatic for the dog.
One easier option ……… chewing!
Chewing can act as nature’s toothbrush. However, because typical dog food kibble tends to be high in carbs (leading to the accumulation of food around the gums) chewing regular old dog kibble simply isn’t enough.
Dental chews are a fantastic way to stimulate mechanical abrasion and remove debris and plaque from the mouth. In our research however, many of the products on the market contain a laundry list of questionable ingredients, artificial coloring and preservatives, or wheat and gluten. (This research actually led us to to spend over a year developing our own line of Grain Free Dental Chews)
Another way to stimulate your dog’s chewing is through durable toys with an abrasive surface that helps grind away plaque.
The bottom line is this: Whatever you do, do something! Your dog deserves the best, and while its easy to forget about their dental health, it contributes immensely to their overall health.