Why Is Your Dog’s Dental Health Critical to Their Overall Health?

Pet lovers everywhere will agree that a big stinky kiss from their pup is one of their favorite things! But when was the last time you actually thought about your dog’s dental hygiene? Did you know that a dog’s breath can be an indication of underlying health issues related to their dental health? When a dog’s teeth go uncared for it can cause bad breath, disease, and bacteria. If not taken care of properly, poor dental health in dogs can cause very serious health issues. 

Dental Health Issues 

Just like their human family members, dog’s can get plaque buildup on their teeth. This plaque turns into tartar, which quickly becomes live bacteria and eventually can cause periodontal disease. Bacteria can also cause tooth loss, oral pain, and bad breath. The bacteria from your pup’s mouth spread throughout their bodies and can wreak havoc on your dog’s heart, kidney, and other vital organs.  

Signs of Disease 

Dental disease is often undetected by pet owners because the symptoms can develop slowly. One of the most overlooked symptoms of dental disease in dog’s is bad breath. Extremely foul breath is not normal and can be the first clue that your dog’s dental hygiene needs some attention.  Here are few other symptoms to be on the lookout for:

  • Dark red or bleeding gums

  • Sores or bumps in the mouth

  • Refusal to eat hard food, but eating soft food eagerly

  • Loss of interest in chew toys

  • Discolored or brown teeth

  • Dark red or bleeding gums

  • Sores or bumps in the mouth

Dental Health Starts At Home

Providing at-home dental care for your pet is your best strategy for preventing plaque buildup on the teeth. You should be brushing your dog’s teeth daily with a product specifically formulated for animals.  Never use human products; they can be toxic for dog’s. If your dog won’t let you brush their teeth, don’t fret.  There are many other products that can help with preventive measures. Dental treats, dental chews, and specialty dog food also help reduce plaque and tartar buildup without brushing. Make sure to buy quality products from your favorite local pet store, such as Woof Gang Bakery & Grooming.

We Can Help 

Taking care of your dog’s dental health is one way you can combat the myriad of health issues that can be caused by poor dental hygiene. At Woof Gang Bakery & Grooming we offer the best wellness products in FL, with convenient locations in Clearwater and Dunedin.  

Whether its specialty food, including wheat-free, grain-free, rotational diet, limited ingredient, and freeze-dried/raw dog food, or top-of-the-line grooming accessories, Woof Gang Bakery & Grooming has you covered.  Shop all of our products here: https://woofgangclearwater.com/dog-food-supply/ or give us a call to shop over the phone at (727) 202-5312