How do you look after your dog’s teeth?

How do you look after your dogs teeth?
Just like us, dogs can get rotten teeth and gum problems if they are not regularly cleaned. But unfortunately pet dental hygiene is often overlooked. So how do you look after your dog’s teeth? We asked one of our leading partners, Virbac and their vet Dr Gemma Rutherford BVetMed MRCVS your frequently asked dental care questions.

1. How common are dental problems in dogs?

Dental and oral problems are a very common and painful issue that dogs face.  Studies have shown that 80% of dogs have some degree of periodontal disease by 2 years of age.  Gum and dental disease can lead to pain and other secondary issues.

2. What can happen if you don’t clean your dog’s teeth?

Not brushing your dogs teeth can lead to a build-up of plaque which contains bacteria.  Plaque can stick to teeth and become mineralised if not disturbed.  This can then lead to gingivitis and periodontitis.

3. What is the difference between plaque and tartar?

Plaque is a complex biofilm structure made up almost entirely of oral bacteria, contained in a matrix composed of salivary glycoproteins and extracellular polysaccharides.

Tartar forms when plaque becomes mineralised.

4.What are the most effective ways to clean your dog’s teeth?

There are two different types of homecare for your dogs teeth – Active and Passive.

Active homecare is gold standard, but both are efficacious if done correctly and consistently. Active homecare includes brushing and rinses, and involves more training and greater owner involvement.

Passive homecare includes dental chews and food/water additives.  This involves much less owner involvement, but is much more effective if combined with active measures.

5. If your dog refuses to let you brush their teeth. What can you do?

Brushing your dogs teeth takes time, patience and training.  General rules include ensuring using products for pets which are flavoured to help with compliance.  Start early, go slowly, be consistent and make it a positive experience.

If however, your dog refuses to let you brush their teeth, or it is too risky to be able to do so, there are other options available, which involve a less ‘hands-on’ approach.  These include oral rinses, dental chews and food/water additives.

6.What are the benefits of VeggieDent chews?

VeggieDent FR3SH chews are scientifically proven and have the VOHC seal to prove their efficacy.  There are 4 sizes of chews and they are suitable for everyday use.

They are a plant-based, natural alternative and suitable for dogs with animal protein allergies.  They contain high quality ingredients and have an innovative z-shape which enhances the mechanical action of chewing and cleaning, and also contains FR3SH technology. FR3SH technology combines Pomegranate to address oral causes, Erythritol to cool and freshen and Inulin to address digestive causes.

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