‘Smile!’ is often the last thing you want to hear when you’re having trouble with your teeth – and you can bet that your dog feels exactly the same way. So with the aim of keeping your dogs’ grin (almost) pearly white, teeth in tact and instagram ready (we all do it #dogsofinstagram) – we’re here to give you some top tips on doggy dental hygiene.
In the same way that you wouldn’t give a small child a huge piece of candy (well, we hope not) – the same goes for dogs. Think about the size of your dog before you give them a bone to chew on. They may be nippy, they may chew your shoes, the sofa and various other large objects but this does not mean your little darling could or should be given a large bone to chew on to keep them busy. If anything, it’s going to keep you busy with veterinary bills!
It seems a very logical piece of advice, but you would be surprised how often vets see fractured teeth from pets that have been given the wrong type of bone to bite.
‘But my little [insert name here] loves to work on a big piece of bone marrow! It keeps him / her distracted’
Maybe so, but those types of bones can have a nasty effect on your dog’s’ teeth. Nature never intended dogs to hunt cows, right? the image itself is both ridiculous and hilarious. So what type of bone is best?
Feeding your dog raw lamb, pork or goat bones twice a week is a great way to keep their teeth and gums clean, healthy and strong – as well as keeping them busy and away from your slippers! The abrasive action of these types of bones helps keep teeth shiny whilst significantly reducing the risk of fractures, that’s one big win for your wallet and one big woof from your furry friend.