Dr Oz: Dogs Gum Disease
If you’re a fan of Dr Oz and his show, you are probably conscious about your overall health. But do you make sure to take the same basic precautions when it comes to the health of man’s best friend? Dr Oz’s recent Dogs Summer Survival Guide is a good place to start. He also shared some important advice about dental health for dogs, including Canine Gum Disease, Poultry Dog Toothpaste and a Pedigree Dentastix Review.
Dr Oz: Dogs & Gum Disease
Veterinarian Jeff Werber joined Dr Oz to share the importance of canine health in keeping a pet’s life long, healthy, and happy. To help, Dr Oz’s own dog Rosie served as a model. Untreated Gum Disease can eventually develop into Heart Disease, which is dangerous for pets, just like humans. Other consequences for dogs could include Kidney or Liver Disease.
Gum Disease forms when oral bacteria mixes with food, forming plaque on the teeth. This leads to Tartar and eventually Gingivitis before becoming Gum Disease. If you’ve been wondering what’s wrong with your dog’s appetite, this is a possible reason. In many cases, by the time this condition is discovered, it’s too late to reverse its effects.
Dr Oz: Canine Gum Disease Symptoms
Are you worried about your dog’s Gum Disease risk? Try this quick checklist to examine your pet.
- Bad Breath
- Swollen or Red Gums
- Receding Gums
- Loss of Appetite
If you’re noticing these signs in your dog, they could indicate the formation of Tartar. That may be allowing bacteria into your pet’s bloodstream, which could eventually travel to the heart. The effects on other organs can be similar, but they’re all bad news for your best friend. A whopping 80% of dogs will have Gingivitis by age 3 (or 21 in dog years).
Dr Oz: Poultry Dog Toothpaste
You can keep tabs on your dog’s health with annual appointments at your veterinarian’s office, where they will check for a variety of health issues, including Gum Disease.
To help prevent worsening oral health in your pet, you can actually brush their teeth, ideally about three times each week. You can find flavored toothpaste designed for our furry friends, in pet friendly flavors such as Poultry Dog Toothpaste.
To start out, try brushing the animal’s teeth using your finger. As your dog gets used to the routine, you can work your way up to a larger brush. (Just make sure you don’t mix it up with any of your other family members’ toothbrushes–ew!)
Dr Oz: Pedigree Dentastix Review
Be sure you’re keeping your pet on a healthy diet and allowing him or her to have access to plenty of water all day long. For added health benefits, give them Pedigree Dentastix as a snack. This, along with brushing, can actually help remove as much as 80% of the Tartar buildup in your dog’s mouth.