Most dog owners now realize the importance and value of healthy gums and teeth. While some dog owners may not be aware, gum disease (gingivitis), can also cause bacteria to enter the bloodstream, which can lead to serious liver, kidney, and heart problems. Dogs may also lose their teeth from bone loss, just like humans.
Canine dental care does not seem to be a new concept. Pets Petz have eaten herbs and masters applied them to their teeth. Herbs help encourage healing. Many books are available to help dog owners maintain their dogs’ dental health. Goldenseal and Oregon grape are some of the herbs that can be used to help dogs’ dental health. They are natural antiseptics, stimulate new growth, and are also good for their gums. Echinacea is also helpful in treating infections. Calendula can heal wounds and stop bleeding gums. Aloe vera, the miracle herb, soothes inflamed gums, and aids in healing.
A mixture of 1 cup water and ground Vitamin C is a great way to brush your dog’s teeth if they are willing. Vitamin C is known to boost immunity and fight bacteria in the mouth.
Many products claim to cure gingivitis or periodontal disease. There are studies that show which products are worth your money.
- Leba III spray is effective in removing tartar and plaque. It stimulates natural enzymes within the saliva of the dog.
- Plaque Off by ProDen is a seaweed powder. Studies have shown that Plaques off can significantly reduce plaque when added to dog’s food, wet or dry.
- PetzLife Oral Sprayray is 100% natural. It kills bacteria upon contact. This should eliminate plaque and tartar.
- The gel version of Petz Life is made from a combination of grapefruit seed extract and natural herbs. It also contains wild salmon oil, which can be used to get the dog to help. It reacts with saliva to coat teeth and kill bacteria. However, it will not remove plaque or tartar.
Dogs have been known to chew bones throughout history. In the wild, bones can be found raw. The bones of cooked bones can splinter easily, and veterinarians have had the task of moving the splinter between teeth or even into the jaw bone. This required a visit to the veterinarian. Always use large, raw bones with knuckles and keep them under control when you are using them. Unsupervised eating of bones should be avoided as they can become lodged in the throat.
Whatever your choice, you should clean your teeth daily. If your dog is stubborn, you should at least clean his teeth once a week. You might find that the dog becomes more comfortable with having their teeth cleaned. If not, you can try a better cleaning method or add more days to your routine.
You can improve your dog’s quality of life by making dental hygiene a priority. You won’t have the unpleasant task of dealing with a dog who has bad breath.