Dental disease in dogs, is one of the most common medical conditions, with over 80% of dogs over the age of three having active dental diseases.
We know that 𝐓𝐚𝐫𝐭𝐚𝐫, the yellow or brown coloured deposit that forms when Plaque hardens on dogs’ teeth 𝐜𝐚𝐧 𝐥𝐞𝐚𝐝 𝐭𝐨 𝐬𝐞𝐫𝐢𝐨𝐮𝐬 𝐜𝐨𝐧𝐝𝐢𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧𝐬, such as cavities and gum disease. But studies have linked periodontal disease in both humans and pets to even more dangerous diseases, including kidneys, liver, heart and lung diseases, diabetes complications, problems during pregnancy, and even cancer !!!
How To Avoid Tartar Buildup
𝐓𝐡𝐞 𝐟𝐢𝐫𝐬𝐭 𝐬𝐭𝐞𝐩 𝐭𝐨 𝐚𝐯𝐨𝐢𝐝 𝐓𝐚𝐫𝐭𝐚𝐫 𝐛𝐮𝐢𝐥𝐝𝐮𝐩 𝐢𝐬 𝐭𝐨 𝐚𝐯𝐨𝐢𝐝 𝐜𝐫𝐞𝐚𝐭𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐮𝐧𝐧𝐞𝐜𝐞𝐬𝐬𝐚𝐫𝐲 𝐏𝐥𝐚𝐪𝐮𝐞 on your dogs’ teeth.
𝐏𝐥𝐚𝐪𝐮𝐞 𝐟𝐨𝐫𝐦𝐬 𝐰𝐡𝐞𝐧 𝐛𝐚𝐜𝐭𝐞𝐫𝐢𝐚 𝐢𝐧 𝐲𝐨𝐮𝐫 𝐝𝐨𝐠’𝐬 𝐦𝐨𝐮𝐭𝐡 𝐦𝐢𝐱 𝐰𝐢𝐭𝐡 𝐬𝐭𝐚𝐫𝐜𝐡𝐲 𝐟𝐨𝐨𝐝𝐬, such as rice, potatoes, dairy, pasta, bread etc.
And guess what… 𝐃𝐫𝐲 𝐝𝐨𝐠 𝐟𝐨𝐨𝐝𝐬 𝐜𝐨𝐧𝐭𝐚𝐢𝐧 𝐚𝐭 𝐥𝐞𝐚𝐬𝐭 𝟑𝟎% 𝐬𝐭𝐚𝐫𝐜𝐡. Those carbs don’t just keep costs down for the pet food manufacturer, they’re an important part of the extrusion process. Starch gelatinizes when it’s exposed to heat and moisture during extrusion and this gelatinization helps to bind the food into kibble form.
𝐓𝐡𝐢𝐬 𝐦𝐞𝐚𝐧𝐬 𝐲𝐨𝐮 𝐰𝐢𝐥𝐥 𝐧𝐞𝐯𝐞𝐫 𝐟𝐢𝐧𝐝 𝐤𝐢𝐛𝐛𝐥𝐞𝐬 𝐥𝐨𝐰 𝐨𝐫 𝐰𝐢𝐭𝐡 𝐧𝐨 𝐬𝐭𝐚𝐫𝐜𝐡!
Kibbles have long been advertised as helpful in maintaining clean teeth thanks to their abrasive action. However, it would be the same as saying that humans use sugar cubes to clean their teeth because of their abrasive action!
Silly, isn’t it?
A dog’s diet needs fruit and vegetables, as they provide vital nutrients dogs need to thrive and that an only meat-based diet wouldn’t be able to provide.
On the other hand, 𝐝𝐨𝐠𝐬 𝐡𝐚𝐯𝐞 𝐧𝐨 𝐛𝐢𝐨𝐥𝐨𝐠𝐢𝐜𝐚𝐥 𝐫𝐞𝐪𝐮𝐢𝐫𝐞𝐦𝐞𝐧𝐭 𝐟𝐨𝐫 𝐬𝐭𝐚𝐫𝐜𝐡𝐲 𝐟𝐨𝐨𝐝𝐬.
Moreover, rice, potatoes and all heavily rich carbohydrates foods are linked to obesity and diabetes.
So why continue feeding your dog foods that can ruin his health and that he doesn’t need anyway?
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I urge all dog parents to feed a balanced, complete, high-quality diet whether is raw or home-cooked.
Balanced, high-quality, low starch, canned foods may be an acceptable alternative if you can’t feed a more appropriate diet. But… Ditch the kibbles at once!
Despite a proper diet, some dogs are genetically more predisposed to dental disease, especially toy breeds and short-nosed breeds.
Extra tips to keep your dog’s mouth Tartar free are:
- Offer recreational, raw bones (about the same size as your dog’s head). Even if your dog follows a home-cooked diet, they will benefit from raw bones, make sure to introduce them in his diet slowly.
- If your dog cannot or should not chew recreational raw bones, offer him a high-quality, 100% meat, dental dog chew.
- Perform regular mouth inspections and brush his teeth daily!