Dog Health Issues – Dog Dental Problems Second to Obesity

Dog Health Issues – It is said that dental health problems ranks second to obesity as a major health issue for our dogs.  Current studies show that almost 80% of dogs over three years old have some type of gum or dental disease. 

We may give our dogs the best food, treats, and supplements we can buy.  But if we don’t provide good dental care, we can shorten the longevity of our dogs.

Lack of proper dental care can lead to periodontal disease that can be extremely painful for our dogs.  But even worse, the resulting bacteria can spread to our dog’s organs and can eventually be fatal.

Obviously, we don’t want this to happen to our dogs.

Dog health issues, such as dog dental problems, can be prevented. 

Prevention requires the regular brushing of our dogs’ teeth.  Health dog food can ensure a healthy digestive system.  Dental chews or bones can reduce the build up of plaque and tartar.  Special dental treats for dogs can provide the nutrients to promote healthy gums and teeth and help eliminate dog dental problems.

I read an article on this topic.  It is entitled “Canine Corner: Dental health is new secret key to canine longevity.”  It is written by Colin Glass who is a dog behavioral therapist and trainer.  Here is a brief quote from the article:

She explained that the next stage after tartar is called calculus (a nightmare for dogs as well as high school math students) as this pulls the gum away from the bone, thus leaving the door wide open for infection(s) to set in. Although the periodontal ligament is one of the strongest bones — in both dogs and humans — as it holds the teeth in place, it is not unknown for a dog to actually fracture his jaw biting on a rawhide, if an infection has set in.

If the dog contracts gingivitis, bacteria from the mouth can enter the bloodstream, leading to heart, kidney or liver problems. Because of all these dangers, the AVMA (American Veterinary Medical Association) have set their gold standard for dental treatment as annual.

I challenged Dr. Fry on this, as most dog owners do not get their dog dental treatment every year. She gave me a better answer.

“It really varies from dog to dog,” she said. “Some dogs really require dental treatment every 6-8 months, while others, like the ones whose owners brush their teeth regularly, might be fine with once every 2-3 years.”

The entire article is here.  The author goes on to point out ways you can recognize that your dog has a dental problem.  It is suggested that your dog have regular medical examinations by your veterinarian.  This can diagnose a dental problem before it becomes a major dog health issue.

Have you had dog dental problems?  How do you deal with this issue?  Do you clean your dog’s teeth regularly?  How do you do that?

Scott Hubbard is a long time pet lover. For the last 40 years, dogs have been a major part of his family.

He has dedicated the last 8 years of his life to finding the best products for pet health. You can reach him directly by calling toll-free 877-878-4036 or by emailing him at

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