Over 80 percent of dogs show signs of dental disease by three years of age. Dental disease can lead to other serious health complications and can ultimately decrease your dog’s life span. Dog dental health needs to be a part of you and your dog’s daily routine!
Periodontal disease is the most common cause of dog dental health. It all starts with bacteria attaching to the tooth surface and forming plaque. The attached bacteria form calculus, which harbors additional bacteria. The bacteria produces toxins that cause injury to the soft tissue. As the disease progresses the teeth become loose and bone loss begins to occur which is painful. Once it has progressed to this phase damage is irreversible and extraction is necessary. Bacteria can also shed into the bloodstream causing heart, liver and kidney disease.
Unfortunately, two-thirds of owners do not provide dental care that is recommended by their veterinarian for dog dental health. Most owners are unaware of what their dog’s teeth look like and many are not providing daily home dental care. Dr. Anna Coffin says this lack of home dental care leads to periodontal disease that requires professional dental cleaning. Professional dental cleanings required anesthesia and are expensive. [Tweet “lack of home dental care leads to periodontal disease that requires professional dental cleaning. “]
A professional dental cleaning is required if you pet has periodontal disease. Once your dog’s teeth are clean, you can slow down or prevent the progression of dental disease with some type of abrasive action against your dog’s teeth. Brushing is the best way to improve dog dental health. On days when life is just too hectic and you don’t have time to brush your dog’s teeth, consider giving them a daily dental treat.
This post is sponsored by PetSmart, and the BlogPaws Professional Pet Blogger Network. Dr. Anna is being compensated for helping spread the word about Dental Health Month, but Dr. Anna only shares information she feels is relevant to her readers. PetSmart is not responsible for the content of this article.
Dental treats are convenient, easy and effective at preventing tartar buildup. PetSmart ® understands the importance of dog dental health and has a huge variety of dental treats for you to choice from. Today, Dr. Anna Coffin will tell you about BLUE Bones ® for dog dental health. BLUE Bones are tasty, highly digestible dental chews that will help freshen your dog’s breath and make his teeth sparkle.
What makes BLUE Bones unique from other dental treats?
Variety: BLUE Buffalo has a wide variety of dental chews for dog dental health. You have the freedom to choose which treat is best for your dog. Your dogs will quickly gobble up the BLUE Bones which are highly digestible. Dr. Anna Coffin has Weimaraner that love to chew so she likes the BLUE Wilderness Wild Bones and antler chews because they last longer.
Sizes: BLUE Bones comes in four sizes. Mini for dogs 5-15 pounds, small for dogs 15-25 pounds, regular for dogs 25-50 pounds and large for dogs 50 pounds and above.
Overall health: BLUE Bones are the only natural chews that support joint health, heart health and immune system health.
Puppy product: It is very important to check labels as many dental chews are not recommended for dogs less than 6 months of age. BLUE Bones for puppies is made just for growing mouths. These dental chews are textured to help soothe sore and aching gums during teething. They also contain DHA to help promote cognitive development, taurine to help promote heart health and Vitamins A, C and E to help support the immune system.
Don’t wait until your dog has developed periodontal disease. Prevention is the key to dog dental health. In fact, VPI Pet Insurance conducted a study in 2013 and discovered the average cost to prevent dental disease in pets is $171.82, but it costs $531.71 to treat dental disease. Check out BLUE Bones or head on over to PetSmart and check out the large variety of dental treats available for your pets.
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Dr. Anna was born and raised in Guthrie, Oklahoma. As a teenager, Dr. Anna found her beloved pet dead on the side of the road left to die without any help. That was the moment she decided to become a vet and vowed to help other people and their pets. After a few years of practicing in New Hampshire, Dr. Anna became homesick and decided to return to Guthrie to be with her parents and five other siblings. Family and friends are a major part of our lives which is why we treat our clients at Guthrie Pet Hospital as family. Dr. Anna and her husband do not have children but are very proud pet parents and therefore, treat every four-legged friend as part of the family.