Did you know that 80% of dogs suffer from a stage of gum disease before the age of 3 years?
The most common problem that affects dogs' mouths is gum disease where symptoms include difficulty eating, bleeding gums, loose teeth and bad breath.
Dental care in pets is often overlooked, yet gum disease is five times more common in dogs than in humans. Because dogs have a more alkaline mouth, this unfortunately encourages plaque formation which then causes inflammation of the gums and when it's not removed, over time it hardens, mineralising into tartar, which is visible as the browny yellow substance on your dog's teeth.
Your dog having bad breath is an early warning sign of gum disease, and an indication that their oral hygiene needs addressing.
A daily dental care routine will provide preventative care and help avoid expensive vet bills and surgery. Brushing your dogs teeth a few days a week is a great way to maintain good oral health, however, not all dogs are a fan of having their teeth being brushed. In this case a daily dental chew can help maintain healthy oral hygiene.
The physical action of chewing can budge the tarter and plaque off your dogs teeth , not to mention the salvia produced from chewing helps to flush away any bacteria or little bits of food left behind that would have turned into plaque otherwise. The saliva consists of antibacterial and antifungal properties which when combined with the cleaning effect from the chewing, help control the formation of plaque and tartar.
It's important to select a dental chew that's healthy, and packed full of natural ingredients. Innocent Hound Dental Sausages contains aniseed, which is a fragrant, fresh smelling spice known for its antiseptic properties. The added citrus extract then forms an oral health formula to keep teeth and gums in fine health.