If you have a dog and you want to make sure that he has healthy teeth for life, get him started on the Hartz Chew ‘n Clean line of toys and treats. It is important that as pet owners we all do everything possible to make sure our pets are healthy, and dental health is equally important. The toys you choose for your dog should not only be fun playthings, they should also be something that is going to help ensure dental health. For instance, the toys in this line are ideal for helping young puppies when they are teething, and they can help to prevent dental disease in all dogs.
There are a number of products from Hartz that have been created with dog dental health in mind. These products have been tested to be sure that they are going to be beneficial to the health of all dogs. Plus, because most dogs love to chew, they are ideal to have in order to save things including your shoes and your furniture.
The majority of dogs over the age of three are affected by dental disease, but most pet owners don’t even realize that there is a problem with their beloved pets. It is important to check regularly for signs of dental disease, and if you notice any of these signs, to get your pet into a veterinarian as soon as possible to avoid any serious health problems. Some of the signs that you should be looking for include:
• Bad breath
• Noticeable pain while chewing and eating
• Increased drooling
• Puffy and/or red gums
• Bleeding gums
• Tartar buildup which is usually yellow or brown in color and is caused by a buildup of plaque
• Loose or missing teeth
• Sores or other things that don’t look quite right around the mouth
Dental Care from Hartz
This line of products for dogs offers a variety of items that can aid in dental care. For instance, the line of chew toys has toys for all sizes of dogs. The Dental Duo line offers toys with hard nylon shells and a great-tasting bacon-flavored center that dogs can eat that has DentaShield®, which will help keep tartar from building up. Another part of this line is the Bounce ‘n Bite toys. These are strong, well-made rubber balls on the end of toys that your dog can enjoy while playing with you and alone. These also have an edible filling that contains DentaShield® for doggie dental health. These toys are long-lasting, and dogs love chewing on them and playing with them.
Keep Your Dog Healthy and Happy
It is important that you do all that you can to keep your dog from developing dental disease. There are many things that you can do yourself without having to make frequent trips to the vet for teeth cleaning. You should begin the dental care routine pretty much as soon as you get your dog as a puppy. The sooner you start, the easier it is to get the dog used to it so he does not mind having it done. By the time your puppy is six months old, he should have lost 28 of his baby teeth. If you decide to brush your dog’s teeth yourself, here are some tips to remember:
• Only use toothpaste that is made for dogs. Human toothpaste is not healthy for dogs and can make them sick. Toothpaste for dogs is enzymatic and does not contain many of the ingredients that ours does. Any oral rinses should also be specifically for dogs.
• It is important to brush your dog’s teeth daily. Just like with humans, dogs have plaque buildup, and it turns into tartar within 24-48 hours. To help you get into a regular routine, try to brush your dog’s teeth when you brush your own.
• You need to use a special toothbrush that is made just for dogs. Often called a finger brush, it is longer than a toothbrush you would use for your own teeth, and it is ideal if you are just starting to brush his teeth as it is not as hard as other doggie toothbrushes.
• It is a good idea to talk to your vet and get him or her to show you exactly how to brush your dog’s teeth so you can be sure that you are doing it properly.
If you have a dog, not only do you have to make sure that it gets regular vet visits, but also that you provide excellent dental care. Always be on the lookout for signs of dental disease, and make sure that you are regularly brushing your dog’s teeth to help avoid diseases. Also be sure to have plenty of Hartz Chew ‘n Clean products on hand, which will clean your dog’s teeth while he plays.