We’ve had our dog, Max, since he was eight weeks old. Having a puppy was definitely good preparation for having a child – luckily he cried a little less but I do have haunting memories of his attempts to destroy our house back in those days. Like the time he chewed through each of our new leather dining chairs and the other time when we returned home to ChristmasTreeGate…
Back in those days we mothered him like a newborn baby, spoilt him rotten and dutifully did everything ‘by the book’ when it came to his healthcare.
Five years on…
Five years and a new (human) baby later, I’d be lying if I was to say that level of attention towards him has continued. He’s now five years old and (thankfully) far better behaved. Over time we’ve perhaps become a little too complacent and take his good health for granted.
Yes, he still has his regular veterinary check-ups and grooming, but I’ll admit that we do let things slip every now and then and don’t stay on top of his regular treatments as much as we should. We’ll suddenly remember that he’s overdue his flea treatment or a worming tablet, as opposed to having it meticulously noted on the calendar…
And his dental health is also something we take for granted.
Tips for healthy dog dental care
It was only when Pedigree got in touch and asked me to share some of my tips for dog dental care that I realised how slack we’ve become at keeping on top of Max’s dental health. Apparently four out of five dogs over the age of three have gum disease, so it’s really important to make sure that you maintain a healthy dental routine. Here’s how…
Regular dental cleanings and professional check-ups
Make sure that you take your dog for regular health check ups with the vet and that dental hygiene is included – you may need to find a specialist veterinary dentist in your area.
Use Pedigree Dentastix Daily
Using Pedigree Dentastix on a daily basis has been scientifically proven to reduce tartar build up by up to 80% – so they’re definitely worth using to complement your dog’s daily diet.
Brush your dog’s teeth regularly
Use a soft toothbrush and specially-formulated toothpaste for dogs and aim to brush your dog’s teeth 3-4 times per week. If you’re introducing teeth cleaning to your dog for the first time (or you haven’t done it for a while), let him lick the toothpaste off your finger first. You may find your dog is more receptive to a finger toothbrush instead. Always reward his patience with a treat afterwards (even if he’s not been that patient!)
Use chew toys
Chewing artificial bones or chew toys will help to scrape away plaque or dirt. Opt for rubber or nylon with rough, bumpy surfaces and let them gnaw away!
Using Pedigree Dentastix – our experience
We’ve been using Pedigree Dentastix since Max was a puppy. The fact that Max has never had any dental problems is probably a testament to these chew bars, since I admit that regular brushing isn’t something we tend to do (until now!)
The Dentastix are specially formulated for your dog’s size (small, medium and large) and are designed to be chewed long enough to be effective. The combination of its special texture and active ingredients is scientifically proven to help reduce tartar build up (the main cause of gum disease) by up to 80%.
Max absolutely loves these and sees them as a real treat (unlike having his teeth brushed!), so I’ll trust that they must also taste great!
Our toddler Taylor also loves being the one to feed Max his Dentastix each morning – it’s probably the only time he will actually take instruction from her and ‘sit’ when she tells him to!
Disclaimer: Post written in collaboration with Pedigree, but all thoughts are my own. For additional dental care information you can read the following Pedigree Reviews article for tips and advice.