Canine Care: How to Keep Your Dog’s Teeth Healthy & Clean
02 March 2020
Worried about your canine’s canines? Take a look at our handy checklist to help you keep an eye on your dog’s dental health.
Why is Good Oral Care Important for Dogs?
Your adult dog has 42 teeth which they use every day to eat and play with. A full set of working gnashers are just as important to dogs as hands are to us humans, whether it’s chowing down on dinner or playing tug o’ war with your slippers. Keeping teeth clean and healthy is a vital part of your pooch’s general well-being.
So we’ve been chatting to the experts at Pedigree, to get the best tips and dental advice for your dog:
Canine Oral Health Checklist:
- Check the gums are a nice pale pink
- Check for plaque or tartar build up on teeth
- Make a note of what is ‘normal’ for your dog, so you can spot any changes
- Have your dog’s teeth checked regularly by a vet
Things to Look Out for:
- Bad breath
- Reddening or swelling of the gums where they meet the teeth
- Bleeding gums
- Changes in behaviour. Pets with a problem in their mouth may become less lively, less sociable and display little interest in playing
Pedigree – The UK’s No1 Pet Oral Care Brand
While we brush our teeth twice a day to maintain our oral health, dog’s also need a dental routine to ensure their teeth, gums and mouth stay clean and healthy. Incorporating daily oral care will mean less visits to the vet and more time for play, so it's worth finding something that comes recommended by vets themselves.
Like Pedigree DentaStix, which are scientifically proven to reduce tartar build up by up to 80%. It does this thanks to its special texture and active ingredient.
Who said dogs can’t have minty fresh breath? Pedigree DentaStix contain a blend of Green Tea extract and Eucalyptus oil to help freshen breath, while being made up of less than 2% fat and is less than 10% of your dog’s daily calorie count (so you can still treat them for being a good doggo!).