Dental care for dogs
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We’ve partnered up with animal whisperer and renowned veterinarian, Dr Rory Cowlam, to share his wisdom when it comes to all things furry. And boy, does this man know his stuff.
Starting with his degree from the Royal Veterinary College, Rory has since co-starred in the CBBC’s series The Pet Factor, shared his knowledge on the likes of Blue Peter and written all about it in his book, .
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Woofers. They’re cute, right? All that strokable fur, that goofy smile, the way they excitably greet you even when you’ve left the house for only a mere five minutes. But have you ever taken a whiff of their breath? Not quite as cute. The sad case is, bad breath in dogs is a common problem and, in many instances, can be a sign of dental disease. Poor dental health affects around 80% of the pet population* and can lead to pain and infection that can cause your pet to lose their teeth. Here, we’ll guide you through the best ways to look after your dog’s gnashers, from spotting the signs of dental problems and following a proper dental care routine, to thoughtful diets that will help keep their smile happy, healthy and as goofy as ever.
*Source: , Impact of nutrition on dental issues in companion animals, October 2014
“POOR DENTAL HEALTH AFFECTS AROUND 80% OF THE PET POPULATION”
How to spot the common signs of dental disease
It’s a good idea to get into the habit of regularly checking your dog’s mouth when they are calm and relaxed. Gently lift up their lip to get a good look at their teeth and gums. The gums should be a healthy pink, their teeth should be fairly white and their breath not too offensive.
How to help your dog prevent dental issues
Prevention is by far the best approach for helping your four-legged friend with their dental health. Start by making sure that your dog’s diet is healthy and wholesome (more on that later). The next big thing is cleaning. Unless you take steps to clean their teeth every day, an invisible film of sticky plaque will build up on their teeth. This is bad because plaque will accumulate to become the icky, hard, brown, material that we can see, known as tartar. Tartar causes inflammation of the gums, gingivitis and periodontal disease, which eventually leads to rotten teeth and tooth loss.
Since tartar can’t be removed by brushing, it will become necessary for your dog to go to the vets for a ‘dental’ where your vet removes it using general anesthetic. By spending a few minutes each day brushing your dog’s teeth, you can help remove the plaque before it gets to that point.
Tooth be told: How to brush your dog’s teeth
“Prevention is by far the best approach for helping your dog with their dental health”
RORY THE VET EXPLAINS
“Canine dental hygiene was voted among the top five welfare concerns by vets in the UK. That is terrible. So we need to do more. Toothbrushing is by far and away the most effective thing people can do at home to help their dog’s teeth. However, Woofbrushes are a great alternative if your dog does not like that toothbrush.”
I chews you: The benefits of feeding your dog dental chews
Offering your dog a on a regular basis can help look after their teeth in several ways. Firstly, the mechanical action of chewing can help to physically shift plaque and tartar. In addition, chewing stimulates the release of saliva, which can help to flush away bacteria and debris which may otherwise end up as plaque.
Since dogs eat their ‘toothbrush and toothpaste’, I recommend choosing a dental chew made with natural ingredients that are as kind to their tummy as their teeth.
Teeth cleaning made tasty
Made with natural ingredients, as well as a touch of parsley, coconut oil and fennel, our Woofbrush chews are delicious daily dental treats, made with a chewy bubbly texture that works to reach your doggo’s gumline to help support the fight against plaque.
The Woofbrush Gut Health Chew goes even further, containing inulin from chicory root and prebiotics and psyllium seed husk for added fibre, it may help support gut-friendly bacteria.SHOP NOW