The subject of dental care can provide many choices for pet parents. Arming yourself with the knowledge and tools to start early can prevent many dental issues for your pet in the future (and will in turn, save you money by avoiding costly vet bills!)
Many dog owners take their dogs’ dental health for granted and assume no proactive care is necessary – This is certainly not the case. Just like humans, one of the biggest health issues among pets is poor oral health and we should do everything we can as pet parents to prevent issues developing from the get-go.
So, how does gum disease actually develop in your dog’s mouth? Plaque that’s allowed to build up excessively on the teeth can turn into hardened tartar and causes bacteria to build up at the border at the gums. Bacteria creates inflammation and the gums will begin to recede. The bacteria eats away at the bone and exposes the root. The ligaments holding the teeth in place will deteriorate, and you will begin to see the final stages of dental disease. Bacterial toxins can also enter the bloodstream, and this poses a risk to the kidneys, lungs, liver and heart – and ultimately the entire immune system.
A study at the University of Purdue examined the records of almost 60,000 dogs and discovered a correlation between gum disease and heart conditions. The study also discovered that gum disease occurs in up to 75% of dogs by middle age. Clearly, the best approach to preserving your pet’s oral health is to proactively manage the plaque and tartar that accumulates on the teeth.
Here are some important preventative measures you can take to make sure your dog keeps his pearly whites in top condition.
Feeding a Natural Diet
A good start is to avoid foods loaded with processed simple carbohydrates. Foods that are chock full of starches and sugars stick to the teeth and can result in heavy build up of plaque and tartar on the teeth if fed over a long period of time. A common and widely promoted myth is that dry crunchy kibbles are capable of cleaning teeth. This is certainly not the case.
Our holistic vet Dr Peter Dobias says “The most common myth in my practice is people believe that if they feed cookies that are crunchy or kibble that is crunchy, there is going to be no build-up. But we know that these crunchy cookies are no different than our crunchy cookies. And you can just run your tongue across your teeth after eating a cooking, and you know what is happening. It’s a feast for the bacteria in the mouth. And what the bacteria does is it creates this mineralized deposit on teeth”.
Feeding a natural diet of meat and organs, like ZIWI® Peak, can help control the Tartar build up from the get-go. Raw ground bone in the food can act as a gentle dental abrasive, like fine sandpaper on the teeth, getting rid of food debris while chewing. The meat contains natural enzymes, and importantly, raw food does not stick to the teeth like starchy kibbles.
4 year old raw fed dogs teeth. They have never been brushed or professionally cleaned
Dog with extremely poor oral health due to being fed a poor quality diet
Bones – Natures Toothbrush
Bones are our number one weapon in the fight against plaque and tartar build up. Bones are nature’s toothbrush and are the most effective and natural way to keep your dog’s oral health in the strongest condition. Ever wondered why your dog has sharp teeth? Well they are there for a reason! In the wild, dogs and cats live off a wild prey diet of whole raw carcasses, including meaty bones and organs. Their teeth are designed for slicing, tearing and crunching. When your dog is gnawing on a bone, the abrasive action against the bone is actually scraping off any plaque and tartar build up on his teeth. Most importantly, dogs love bones! They go crazy for them! They give hours of pleasure and enjoyment and provide your dog with the regular chewing prevents the risk of gum disease and other medical issues.
Tried the above? Some dogs are more acceptable to tartar and plaque build-up. Or perhaps you have recently changed your pet’s diet from a long-term diet of starchy carbohydrates. We recommend that you visit your Vet. Severe build-up may require hand scaling (non-anaesthetic teeth cleaning so you have a fresh start to work with. ZIWI® Peak has a popular selection of natural New Zealand Oral Health Care bones for you to choose from. Deer Antler, Deer Hoofers and Venison Shank Bones. All designed to be low-mess and provide your dog with hours of gnawing pleasure and clean pearly whites! Yum!
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