5 Tips to Keep Your Dogs Teeth Healthy #NationalPetDentalHealthMonth

Dogs Teeth and Dogs HealthFebruary is National Pet Dental Health Month.

Our pets are our family, and we take care of family, and are concerned for their health, right?

If everyone thought that way, the statistics I am about to share with you, would be a lot different.

Did you know, according to petdental.ca – by the age of two, 80% of dogs and 70% of cats have some form of periodontal disease? WOW! Those are not numbers we want to see associated with our pets health. And what’s more? at least 10% of dogs have an exposed/broken tooth in their mouths, causing extreme pain, and the owners don’t have a clue.

What can YOU do to help prevent your pet from becoming a statistic like these?

Perk up your ears!

1. BRUSH!

Now listen, I realize some dogs (and cats) absolutely refuse to let you brush their teeth. But for a lot of those pets, just taking very slow baby steps, and working your way up to a full brush, you can accomplish more than you think. Start with just a 2 second brush, do that every day for one/two weeks. Do a little more the next week, and so on.

2. Dental Chews

They really work! When you walk into a pet store and see the prices on some of the dental chews, you might steer clear of them, but if you choose wisely, they truly do help fight plaque and tartar.

3. Raw Bones

Not everyone feeds raw materials to their dogs. But if this is something you would like to try, do some research on safe raw bones for dogs (never cooked) and you will be surprised at how much these will keep your dogs mouth healthy.

4. Dog toys

There are plenty of toys to choose from when it comes to your pet, but there are toys made specifically to help with your dogs teeth. Find those, spread some (not too much) organic peanut butter on the toy, and let your dog chew his heart out.

5. Dental Check Up at the Vet

Having dental work done at the vets can be super expensive. The point is to try and avoid any work needing done by following tips #1 through #4. BUT, it is still important to take your pet in for a teeth cleaning once and while to be sure there are no cavities or anything else going on in their mouths, that could be causing them pain.

We brush our teeth every day. We teach our human children to brush their teeth every day. Pet dental health IS important, and it is just as important for our pets. Whether you brush, or use chews and vet visits, take care of your pets mouth. He will thank you for it!

What do you do to keep your pets teeth healthy?

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jenna drady headshotJenna Drady

Jenna Drady  is the author and creator of ownedbyahusky.ca. She is a mother of two beautiful daughters and 3 Siberian Huskies. Being a husky mom for a long duration of her life, Jenna was inspired to begin writing about them. In doing so, she began doing massive research on dog behavior, and all things dog in general. Jenna is inspired every day by her family, and loves to bring her readers valuable information as well as a little humor too! Jenna has created her own business partnered with her lovely mother while blogging called Pawz N Clawz Jewelry N Things. They currently sell handmade jewelry with added pet charms, as well as a few dog toys too!  As an animal rights activist, and huge believer in helping pets who have been stuck in shelters, they donate a portion of their sales to local shelters throughout Canada.

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35 Responses to 5 Tips to Keep Your Dogs Teeth Healthy #NationalPetDentalHealthMonth

  1. Cathy Armato says:

    It is so important to keep dogs’ teeth clean & healthy. Dental disease in dogs can lead to serious health problems! Great advice Jenna.
    Love & biscuits,
    Dogs Luv Us and We Luv Them

  2. Val Silver says:

    Ted had to have a dental due to the condition of his teeth when we adopted him. Thankfully he was young so we caught it early. He doesn’t like teeth brushing but tolerates it and he gets bones and chews to help keep his teeth clean. When I get lazy about it I remind myself how expensive that cleaning was!

  3. This is an excellent post! Many dog owners neglect their pet’s teeth. Zoe and Phoenix get their teeth brushed and we also give them dental chewies and bones! The last time we were at the vet, he was very impressed by Zoe’s chompers. :D

  4. I brush daily Layla’s teeth and I give her bones also although they are half boiled, my vet said that is fine as they do not splinter :)

  5. Dental care is so important for dogs. It can add years to their lives so who wouldn’t want to do that?!?

  6. sherri says:

    The only thing I don’t do is brush… but my Victor (a schnoodle) is getting his teeth checked next week.

  7. christy says:

    Great post! I think dental check ups with your vet are super important – my doxies needs annual dental cleanings and I know it prevents major diseases like heart disease.

  8. Beth says:

    Dental health is important for dogs, just like humans!

  9. I’m afraid I have failed Kilo in this area. She does get dental chews but not tooth brushing. I have tried but with her fighting me and her tiny mouth, I just gave up.

  10. Robin says:

    It is crazy that so many pets have suffering dental health. I wonder if this corresponds with dental health issues in their human companions. It is great that there are so many ways (other than going to the vet) that can help you to keep your pets’ teeth clean.

  11. Dental health for pets is so important! Though I must admit this is an area I slack in. I plan on stepping up my game though! That’s for the inspiration!

  12. Great post! Baby steps is a great way to start brushing your pets teeth! :)

  13. Sadie says:

    Thanks for this. I struggle with cleaning Henry and Reese’s teeth. Who knew a little dog with so many missing teeth could clench so hard?!?! We will have to look into the bone options. My boy with all kinds of allergies does not do well with tartar busters (cooked and marinated bones).

  14. FiveSibesMom says:

    Dental health is so important, I so agree! Here, we brush, have vet check-ups and professional cleanings as needed, and feed special dental kibble, which is just fine by the Huskies! ;-)

  15. Vicki Green says:

    Great ideas! I totally agree that anything we can do to keep our dogs teeth clean to prevent requiring the expensive and more risky cleaning by a vet.

  16. I really need to work in trying to brush my cats’ teeth.

  17. Well, I confess our cats stick to healthy teeth cleaning chews! Is this allowed :-)

  18. I love my puppy, and I want to make sure I do everything possible to help keep him happy and healthy. Oral health is definitely an important part of this. That’s interesting that raw bones can be beneficial to dog mouth health. We will be sure to take him to get his check up as well. Thanks for sharing!

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