Yesterday I helped bring a dog into rescue from a shelter, a tiny 3lb cutie pie found on the street and with the worst dental condition I have ever seen. The neglect is unbelievable, he can’t open his tiny jaw without crying. He is in so much pain that he’s on an injectable pain medication. This poor little fur baby is what inspired me to write today’s post. This post is dedicated to you Little Man! You are now safe and will always be loved!
After he is fully Vetted and has a thorough dental procedure he will be available for adoption. If you wish to donate to help with his care, or for a full bio and adoption information visit:
Dental disease is one of the most common medical conditions Veterinarians see in dogs; over 80% of dogs over the age of 3 have dental disease. Your dog’s oral hygiene is very important to his/her overall health. Oral disease can affect your pups heart, kidneys, liver, and has even been linked to cancer and diabetes.
Poor oral health is most often caused by a poor diet, the strength of your dog’s teeth and gums comes mainly from the right diet. Dogs fed a natural diet with chewy muscle meat, raw meaty bones and recreational bones usually have healthy mouths.
A natural diet provides the habitat for your dog’s healthy oral microbiome, live enzymes and good bacteria help prevent tartar build up. Chewing on bones is not only nutritious and good for your dog’s teeth and gums, but also provides hours of enjoyment! The chewing, exercises your dog’s neck and shoulder muscles as well as his mouth, and even stimulates his neurotransmitters.
Here are some tips to help you prevent and treat your pups dental health:
- Take your dog in for regular oral exams and cleanings. Oral exams with dental X-rays done under general anesthesia are the only way to get a full picture of what’s going on in your dog’s mouth.
- Brush your dog’s teeth every day. Patience, the right tools, and some guidance from your Veterinarian can lead to success.
- Feed your dog quality dog food. Talk to your Vet about what diet is right for your dog.
- Offer safe toys and treats for daily chewing. Chewing every day on tooth friendly goodies is a great way to help prevent gum disease in dogs.
- Give a daily probiotic supplement. Probiotic supplements can help create healthy bacteria in your dog’s mouth.
- Coconut oil for gums. Coconut oil is antibacterial and is excellent for your pup’s gums. You can use it on a finger, brush or gauze wrapped around your finger and brush your dog’s teeth and gums with it instead of toothpaste.
- Make bone broth for your dog and feed it several times a week. It’s chock-full of minerals that really help strengthen teeth and gums. Here’s one recipe I found online:
(You can also purchase at some pet supply stores)
- Give your dog ozonated water. You can purchase an ozone maker and create your own ozonated water. You can give it to your dog as drinking water or use it to flush out your dog’s mouth. Ozone has powerful antibacterial properties and has been shown to promote healing.
- If your dog has any pain or inflammation in his mouth, aloe vera gel is very soothing. Buy a natural, organic brand without additives, or keep an aloe vera plant in your house and break off a leaf to use the gel inside. Apply the gel directly on teeth and gums.
I hope this topic and ideas are helpful to all of you. This is actual a long involved topic that can fill many posts, but I hope I have enlightened you at least a little. There are many homeopathic remedies out there that can also prevent/treat your pups teeth and gums to stay healthy. My best advice would be to check your dog’s mouth weekly so you can catch any problem areas quickly, and use these tips to help. Keep your dog’s mouth healthy and you’ll protect his overall health too!
I cannot stress enough to ALWAYS consult your Veterinarian!
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