For many of us, our pets are more than just animals; they are cherished members of our families. We share our homes, our lives, and our hearts with them. So, when you receive the news that dog is in need of a costly dental cleaning, it can hit hard.
It’s times like this that you find yourself thinking… There must be a better way to care for your dog’s dental health.
An approach that doesn't just rely on expensive and intensive professional interventions, but embraces a proactive and preventive approach to keeping our furry friends healthy!
The truth is, the struggle with pet dental issues is more common than you might think. Over 80% of dogs suffer from periodontal disease, a condition that can wreak havoc not only on their teeth and gums but also on their overall well-being.
There is a direct correlation between periodontal health and systemic health in our dogs. This means that by taking a preventive and proactive approach to your dog’s dental health, you can enhance not only their oral hygiene but also their overall vitality.
Understanding the Connection Between Dental and Systemic Health
Before we delve into the proactive methods of maintaining your dog's dental health, let's explore the link between oral hygiene and systemic well-being. Just like in humans, poor dental health in dogs can lead to a host of health issues that extend beyond their mouths. Bacteria and inflammation associated with periodontal disease can enter the bloodstream, affecting vital organs like the heart, liver, and kidneys.
This connection emphasizes the importance of prioritizing your dog's dental health, not just for the sake of their pearly whites but for their longevity and quality of life.
Although anesthesia-based dental cleanings are essential in addressing existing issues, they can take a toll on your dog's overall health and your wallet. So, what can you do to reduce the need for these costly procedures while ensuring your dog's well-being?
Proactive Dog Dental Health
The most effective strategy for maintaining your dog's dental health combines professional intervention with proactive homecare. By taking a proactive approach, you can significantly reduce the frequency of expensive dental cleanings that require anesthesia, benefiting both your dog's health and your finances.
Proper Nutrition - A fundamental aspect of your dog's dental health begins with their diet. High-quality dog food formulated to promote oral health can make a significant difference. Look for options that contain ingredients designed to reduce tartar and plaque buildup. Additionally, consult with your Canine Wellness Coach or a Canine Nutrition Specialist to ensure your dog's diet is well-balanced and meets their specific nutritional needs. Don’t assume that if the food is expensive or even popular with professionals it’s a great option for your dog. Do your research or ensure that the person you’re connecting with has experience and knowledge in canine nutrition beyond what sales representatives and manufacturers have taught them to believe. That is where most canine professionals (including veterinarians) get their nutrition education.
Tooth Brushing - Just as we brush our teeth to maintain oral hygiene, your dog can benefit from regular tooth brushing. While it may take some patience and practice to get your dog accustomed to this routine, it's a highly effective way to remove plaque and prevent tartar buildup. Always be sure to use a canine-specific toothbrush and toothpaste.
Safe Chewing Devices - Knawing/”chewing” is a natural behavior for dogs, and it can help clean their teeth and gums. Offer your dog, safe and appropriate chewing devices, such as dental chews or toys designed to reduce plaque and tartar. These products can serve as both entertainment and dental care. Don’t trust just any product or chewing device or treat from your pet store or online pet supply company. Avoid rawhides or coated novelty bones commonly sold, as they can contain harmful ingredients and additives and many are a choking hazard and aren’t readily digestible if large chunks are swallowed.
All-natural collagen chews, antlers, bone marrow bones (raw), raw or freeze-dried duck, turkey, or chicken necks, or other natural options for promoting chewing will assist in your dog in naturally brushing their teeth.
Enzymatic Spray - Enzymatic sprays are a convenient way to promote oral hygiene in your dog. These sprays contain enzymes that help break down plaque and prevent its buildup. Simply spray the product onto your pet's teeth or food as directed. These are especially beneficial for dogs on a cooked or kibble diet.
Calcium-Chelating Products - Calcium-chelating products are designed to bind to calcium in your dog's saliva, preventing it from forming tartar on their teeth. These products can be an excellent addition to your pet's dental care routine and can often be sprinkled on their food.
The journey of dog ownership is filled with love, joy, and the responsibility to provide the best care for our furry companions. When it comes to maintaining their dental health, a preventative and proactive approach can make all the difference. Remember that periodontal disease is not just an issue for their mouths; it affects their overall health too.
By prioritizing proper nutrition, regular tooth brushing, safe chewing devices, enzymatic sprays, and calcium-chelating products, you can significantly reduce the need for costly dental cleanings that require anesthesia. This approach not only promotes your dog's dental health but also contributes to their overall vitality and longevity.