Advice on maintaining your dog’s dental health

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Advice on maintaining your dog’s dental health
Kendall Abbott author of Advice on maintaining your dog’s dental health

These teeth are made for chomping and that's just what they'll do ... 

Have you ever been having a nice game of fetch or tug of war when all of a sudden you catch a whiff of your dog’s bad breath? While it’s easy to tease our dogs about needing a breath mint, we shouldn’t brush off our pets' bad breath. Bad breath may be a sign of more serious problems, such as damage to our pets' teeth and gums, or even internal organs, according to the American Veterinary Medical Association.

Dental care is not only important for people but for our four-legged companions as well. According to the American Veterinary Dental College, most dogs and cats have some evidence of periodontal (gum) disease by the time they are three years old. Some symptoms of dental disease include bad breath, excessive drooling, a reluctance to eat, listlessness, and discolored teeth. Imagine what your mouth would look like if you never brushed your teeth.

Since February is National Pet Dental Health Month, there’s no better time to learn about the importance of our pets' dental health and what role we can play in keeping our pets healthy.

Not only is it important to regularly check your pets' teeth and gums for any discoloration or inflammation, it’s equally as important to keep up with your pets' teeth by cleaning and brushing them as often as possible. But because your dog probably isn’t too crazy about having his teeth brushed every day, SitStay carries various toys and treats that will make it much easier to keep his teeth clean.

ProDen Plaque Off is a natural supplement that helps with bad breath and reduction of plaque and tartar.  Toys and treats that require your dog to do a lot of chewing are great for your dog’s teeth. Snook's Sweet Potato Chew Rope cleans your dog’s teeth and gums as they chew. Planet Dog's Orbee-Tuff Mint is just was it says it is. This fun disc-shaped toy looks just like a giant candy mint and smells like one too!


Meet The Author 

Kendall Abbott

Kendall Abbott obtained her Bachelor's Degree at the University of Kansas, she then went on to pursue her education and love for animals by attending the Animal Behavior College. Kendall began her professional career as an animal care technician for the Kansas Humane Society. After finishing school Kendall followed her passion for dog training and took a position with Beyond The Dog. After 5 years she then left to focus on being a freelance dog trainer.