DID you know dogs are more likely to get gum disease than humans?
That’s because dogs don’t brush their teeth everyday and they have a more alkaline mouth, so tartar and plaque builds up.
“Dental disease is one of the most common health issues I see in dogs over age three,” says Dr. Harry. “The best way to reduce the risk of dental disease in your dog, is to adopt a healthy routine.”
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Dental health can affect a dog’s heart, liver, kidneys and other major organs, making it vital to adopt an active role in looking after your pet’s teeth and gums.
Missing the signs of dental disease will not just impact the quality and quantity of a dog’s life, it can also leave owners with a vet bill that could potentially run into thousands of dollars.
[signoff icon=”icon-pin”]Top 5 tips to keep your dog’s teeth healthy:
1. Take the breath test: A dog’s breath is a good indicator of their overall dental health. Normally it won’t smell particularly fresh, but if it’s foul-smelling, and is accompanied by vomiting, thirstiness or loss of appetite, it may be a sign of gum disease and should be raised with your vet.
2. Look out for signs: As well as bad breath, there are other symptoms that may indicate oral disease. If your dog displays any of these symptoms, you should speak with your vet:
• Loose or missing teeth
• Excessive drooling
• Change in eating or chewing habits
• Inflamed gums
• Cysts under the tongue
3. Check their gums: At least once a week aim to look at your dog’s gums and teeth to check for changes. Teeth should be clean with no brown tartar build-up, gums should be salmon pink in colour, not red or white, with strong attachment to teeth with no visible signs of inflammation
4. Have regular check-ups: Just like humans, you should aim to take your dog for a check-up every 6-12 months to keep on top of their dental health
5. Adopt a daily routine: Recommended by Dr. Harry Cooper, SUPERCOAT Dental Chews unique 3 Piece Twist can be used daily to reduce the build up of plaque and tartar on the teeth, while the addition of mint and parsley flavour keeps breath fresh [/signoff]
If you want to keep your dogs teeth extra clean, today you can pick up a free sample of SUPERCOAT Dental Chews and find out more about doggie dental health at Harbourtown Shopping Centre. The SUPERCOAT Dental Pop-up Doggie Dental Pick-up will be on site opposite Pet Supplies Direct from 8:30am until 2:30pm.