Dog Health Issues – Your pets’ dental health is critical to their overall health.
Current Data Shows that Approximately 80% of All Cats and Dogs Have Some Form of Dental or Gum Disease by the Age of 3.
This is an alarming statistic. Oral disease represents the most commonly diagnosed health problem for our pets. Despite the frequency of this problem, oral hygiene happens to be one of the most over-looked treatments for the medical care of our animals.
This disease develops as food particles and bacteria form along the gum line resulting in plaque. If this plaque is not removed, it combines with the minerals in saliva to form tartar. This tartar adheres to the teeth.
Tartar irritates the gums and causes inflammation. It generally causes bad breath in the pet.
If not removed, the tartar accumulates under the gums. It then separates the gums from the teeth. These pockets encourage more bacteria growth.
At this stage, the problem is irreversible and leads to periodontal disease. This can be extremely painful for the pet. It can result in abscesses, loose teeth, bone loss, infection, and organ damage.
The good thing is that dental disease in our pets is preventable and treatable. The bad news is that this prevention is up to us, the pet owners. It’s probably considered a real inconvenience for most of us.
Dog Health Issues – Proper Dental Care is a Necessary Component for the Overall Health of our Pets
Most people wait too long to clean their pets’ teeth. Cleaning their teeth should be considered a preventative procedure – not a treatment after the problem is discovered.
Certain breeds of dogs and cats are more genetically predisposed to dental illnesses than others. Smaller dogs are at greater risk than larger ones. Dental problems seem to run higher for the Maltese than with other dogs. Siamese and the Abyssinian have more problems than other cats.
The quality of the pet’s food contributes to the onset of periodontal disease. Low quality foods can cause gastrointestinal problems which can lead to bad breath. The proper food should be easily digestible and provide high quality nourishment as well as promote intestinal health.
A professional should clean your pet’s teeth on a regular basis. I know this can be daunting task, but it is absolutely necessary.
Don’t ever use human toothpaste when doing this. Your toothpaste has chemicals that could be harmful to your pet if swallowed. The toothpaste or solution you use should be approved by a veterinarian.
Dog Health Issues – So This is What You Should Do to Promote Good Dental Health for Your Pet:
1. Commit to brushing your pet’s teeth regularly at home
2. Schedule regular dental exams with your veterinarian
3. Give your pet food that promotes a healthy digestive system
4. Provide chews for your pet that will help reduce the build-up of plaque and tartar
5. Encourage your pet to play with toys that are recommended for removing debris from the teeth
Here is a very important recommendation on the “chews” you give your dog. Most people give their dog some type of rawhide bone. Rawhide is very difficult to digest and can cause severe intestinal problems. Instead, the chew should be in the form of a pork hide bone which is highly digestible and is a very healthy alternative to rawhide.
I hope this article has been helpful. I’m sure you are like me. I want my pet to live a long, healthy, and happy life. I wish you the very best.
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 5 years of his life to dog health issues and finding the best products for pet health. You can reach him directly by calling toll-free 877-878-4036 or by emailing him at ScottHubbard@GuideToPetNutrition.com.