Dog teeth care
How to care for your dog’s teeth? And whether to care for them at all? These questions confront every responsible pet owner. In their natural habitat, wolves, jackals, and coyotes — wild relatives of dogs — do very well without dental toys, treats, special toothbrushes, and toothpastes. And what about pets?
Unlike wolves, coyotes and jackals, domestic dogs do not have to participate in natural selection and fight for survival. In this there are not only pluses, but also minuses. A vivid example is the health of the dental apparatus.
In nature, the jaws of the wolf will always be used. The beast hunts, cuts prey and consumes not only meat, but also tendons, cartilage, bones. Hunting trains the muscles of the jaw, and hard food naturally cleans plaque from the fangs. With a weak dentition, the wolf simply would not survive!
With domestic dogs everything is different. Unfortunately, about 80% of dogs have diseases of the oral cavity by the age of two. In many cases, the problem is not immediately detected, but at the moment when complications have already developed. The owners do not give the plaque and stone proper attention and do not rush to treatment. But tartar provokes periodontal disease, gingivitis and other complications. As a result, the pet suffers, and veterinary dentistry is very expensive. How to avoid it?
For the oral cavity of a dog of any breed requires regular care. Basic care is brushing your teeth with special toothpaste for dogs or special dental diets.
Brushing teeth is a very effective method of preventing diseases of the oral cavity. Using a special brush and toothpaste, you can remove 80% of the plaque from your pet’s teeth in just 30 seconds. The only difficulty is to teach the dog to the procedure. If you start learning from childhood, problems usually do not arise. Puppy perceives hygiene procedures as a game and another opportunity to communicate with the owner. Making friends with an adult dog with a brush is more difficult. Perhaps, therefore, the nutritional approach in our country is more popular.
Dog teeth care
The nutritional approach involves the use of a special food that effectively cleans the teeth and prevents oral diseases. It is an alternative to the natural feeding of wild relatives of dogs in nature. Let us examine how this diet works, using as an example food for adults and elderly dogs Eukanuba with the 3D system DentaDefense. This system prevents oral diseases as follows:
Special S-shaped pellet formula for maximum contact between teeth and food. In the process of crushing such a granule in contact with almost the entire surface of the tooth and mechanically removes plaque.
The active component, sodium tripolyphosphate, which prevents the formation of tartar, is deposited on the surface of the granules. Studies have shown that this technique reduces the risk of tartar by almost 70% compared with conventional dry food.
Calcium fortification. The optimal level of calcium contributes to the health of teeth and bones.
As a result, care for the pet’s oral cavity is provided practically without the participation of the owner. The owner simply gives the pet a special feed – and his health is protected.
The maximum effect is achieved through an integrated approach. If you combine teeth brushing, diet, and dental toys, treats, or special nutritional supplements (for example, ProDen PlaqueOff), the risk of oral diseases is minimized.
However, even armed from all sides, do not forget about preventive visits to the veterinary specialist. Your dog will be grateful to you!