By Monica Reyes
As a new puppy owner, you know that training, proper feeding, love, and attention are all on the top of your daily to-do list. Having a new pup is exciting and will keep you busy, so it’s easy to forget good dental habits for your puppy. This article will provide a good insight as to why oral health is important, as well as tips on how to make dental health for your puppy a bit easier for the hectic puppy household!
The health of our dogs is very important throughout the many stages of their lives. As a pet parent, we monitor and maintain the health and lifestyles of our furry loved ones, and do everything we can to provide the very best for them.
When thinking about your puppy’s dental health, it may not seem like much of a priority; after all, her teeth are brand new and strong. (If you’ve ever had a dog tear through a pair of your favorite shoes, you know exactly what I mean!) But yes, it is essential to keep up with your pup’s dental health making good dental hygiene second-nature for her at an early age.
We all know that our pups eventually lose their baby teeth, but it is still very important that we maintain good dental health early on to ensure dental diseases are prevented. After your dog eats, food gathers where the gums and teeth meet. This forms plaque and tartar which can eventually lead to gingivitis. In severe cases, gingivitis can get so bad that it can cause the root of a tooth to rot and fall out.
Here are a few simple things that can get your pup’s dental health on the right track:
Get your puppy used to daily dental care. Yes, it may be difficult to train your pup to become used to dental cleanings, but this is just as important as choosing a proper diet. Begin brushing your dog’s teeth between the ages of eight and sixteen weeks. The more often you do it, the easier it will get as your puppy becomes an adult.
Pay close attention to your pup’s teething behavior. This will not be difficult because you will definitely notice your pup chewing on anything that they can get his paws (and jaws) on! Raw meaty bones or elk antler chews are a great outlet for puppies going through the teething stage. Not only are they a tasty chew treat, but they also help clean their teeth and massage their aching gums. Just remember to supervise your pet when they are enjoying bones or other chews.
A proper and completely balanced diet is important to keep your growing puppy healthy and to develop strong teeth and bones. Dogs rely solely on bones as a major part of their diet because it not only provides proper nutrition, but it also assists in dental cleaning. Yes, dental cleaning! The BARF Diet includes ground bone that helps scrape off the plaque from your pet’s teeth during meals.
Many dental diseases can be avoided when feeding the BARF Diet. Not only is it a completely balanced diet, providing your growing puppy the nutrition necessary for healthy growth and development, but it also helps to keep your puppy’s teeth clean. BARF doesn’t contain artificial ingredients that stick to your pet’s teeth and cause plaque and tartar, and the ground bone in our formulas helps to scrape any buildup on your pet’s teeth for a more pleasant breath and cleaner, whiter teeth.
We have also recently added some great Elk Antler Chews to our product line (available at www.barfworld.com) because we know that chewing is second-nature for dogs. These all-natural antler chews will soothe your pups gums and provide proper nutrition at the same time. They are naturally shed and sun-dried with no preservatives or other junk added. Since a puppy’s new teeth are weaker than adolescent dogs, some raw bones can damage their teeth. This is why we recommend the split antler chew, which is cut in half, exposing the marrow, and allows for a softer, safer chew for your pup. Split antler chews will keep your pup busy for hours without damaging their teeth!
For those dealing with destructive chewers: BARF World recently teamed up with a wonderful dog trainer, named Doggy Dan, who has great tips for puppy owners that have destructive chewers at home. If you’d like to find out more about how to deal with problem behaviors like destructive chewing, barking, nipping, jumping up, or potty training, please visit www.barfworld.com/DoggyDan.
http://www.milfordanimalhospital.com/articles/canine/dental.htm ggggMonica Reyes is a Raw Pet Food Specialist for BARF World Inc. She is a full-time student and working mom to a young toddler, a terrier mix named Mookie and a tabby cat named Phillip. Monica enjoys healthy home cooking and spending quality time with her family. For more articles like these and to learn more about the benefits of raw food for your pets, sign up for The Intelligent Pet monthly e-zine at www.barfworld.com.