It is estimated that over 80 percent of dogs have significant oral health issues. This is partly due to the mouth being warm, moist and having significant nutrients present for organisms to grow on.
Dog’s oral cavities are perfect incubators for all sorts of bacteria. Some are normal and natural, however, once plaque and tartar form on the teeth, the natural microbial balance gets out of control and can cause significant issues for dogs.
Lifestyle tips for your dog
One of the best ways to insure proper oral health is to provide your dogs with a well-balanced, meat-based food and treats. Meat helps keep the oral cavity environment healthy. Avoid foods and treats with grain, corn, wheat, artificial colours, artificial flavours and GMO’s (Genetically Modified Ingredients). Also, encourage your dog to chew hard rubber or nylon chew toys.
Appropriate supplementation is essential with key vitamins, minerals and antioxidants maintaining oral health in dogs. Herbal extracts including Yucca have also been shown to significantly help with maintaining oral health and decrease bad breath.
Addressing issues whilst minor and preventing the health damaging effects of bacterial contamination due to poor oral health is vital for your dog’s overall quality of life. If symptoms persist, always consult with your veterinarian for advice.
- Change in eating and chewing patterns
- Dropping food out of the mouth
- Bleeding gums
- Yellow-Brown crust on teeth
- Bad breath and excessive drooling
- Tooth loss