Keeping Your Dog's Teeth Healthy

Yes, it's true-- dogs needs regular dental care too! I thought I'd post this article about doggie dental hygiene. I have recently seen older dogs suffering because their owners never did anything for their teeth...It is quite sad watching them struggle to eat--so here are a few tips on how to keep your dog’s teeth healthy!

According to the American Veterinary Dental Society (AVDS), 80% of dogs have some sign of oral disease by the age of three.

You can help to keep your dog’s teeth healthy by:
1. Having professional dental exam and care provided by your veterinarian
2. Providing dental care at home based on your vet’s recommendations
3. Maintaining regular professional check ups
4. Treating any symptoms quickly

Symptoms of Dental Problems
If your dog is displaying any of the following symptoms, please seek professional dental care:
• Bad breath (halitosis)
• Broken or missing teeth
• Changes in eating (usually decreasing)
• Chewing habits
• Depression
• Gum issues – red or swollen or painful (gingivitis, periodontal disease)
• Nasal discharge
• Pawing at the face or mouth
• Swelling or tearing below one eye
• Weight loss
• Yellow teeth

Why is Dental Health So Important?
Dental health also affects other parts of the body. Plaque which is made up of bacteria, saliva and cellular debris builds up on the enamel of the teeth. When combined with food particles, it becomes calcified and is now tartar. Tartar can lead to tooth decay and other oral diseases if not treated. In addition, it can cause a bacterial infection which then travels through the blood to other vital organs and can result in serious illness and even death.

I highly recommend giving RMB's (Raw Meaty Bones) often. I give TnT things such as turkey necks or drumsticks one or twice a week. Due to the act of pulling, ripping, shearing, and shredding of the meat, connective tissue, and fat that cling to the bone--their teeth brighten and lose plaque, eliminating the need for cleaning. The dental benefits of RMB's are unbelievable...We highly recommend 'em!