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5 ways to improve your dog's oral health

James Ola Adisa on

Published in Cats & Dogs News

Bad breath can be uncomfortable, even from “man’s best friend.” It’s often a sign of poor oral hygiene for dogs. Pet owners that cares for their dog’s teeth and keeps them on a healthy diet reduces risk of oral diseases like halitosis, gum disease, and tartar in the future.

Native Pet compiled a list of ways to improve and maintain your dog’s oral health. These tips will help keep your furry friend happy and, most importantly, healthy.

Dental care is an essential part of pet care that can be easily forgotten. According to the American Veterinary Dental College, most dogs show signs of canine periodontal disease by age 3. To avoid oral complications like periodontal disease, which has been linked to heart and lung diseases, dog owners need to plan a dental care routine as early as possible.

Oral diseases left untreated can cause tooth loss, painful ulcers, and systemic infections throughout a dog’s body. The first line of defense against conditions developing in a dog’s mouth starts with professional dental cleanings and exams. However, between these dental appointments, an at-home routine is necessary to maintain proper hygiene. The Veterinary Oral Health Council suggests specific products that pet owners can trust to reduce the severity of periodontal disease. These products go through a process of approval and must meet pre-set standards to ensure safe use for pets.

 

Read on for five strategies to help care for your dog’s oral health. 

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