How To Cure, and Prevent The Most Common Dog Disease
There is a disease in dogs that is so common it’s affecting 8 out of 10 dogs over 3 years of age.
This unseen common disease can cause your dog:
- Irreversible damage
- Weight loss
- Heart disease
- Foul breath
- Changes in eating habits
- Excessive drooling
So what is this common disease that vets are screaming for you to prevent?
Doggy Dental Disease!
Fact: Data shows that feeding a dental hygiene chew six days per week significant reduces plaque, calculus and gingivitis.
Fact 2: Studies suggests that managing dental hygiene of your dog daily can add 4-5 years to your dog’s life.
Fact 3: Dogs who are fed a kibble diet are 10x more likely to require professional dental cleaning costing up to $700 per year.
Unfortunately, dental disease is the most common medical issue found amongst pets nowadays. With over a whopping 8 out of 10 of dogs over 3 years are suffering with dental disease.
What Are The Symptoms Of Dental Disease?
The signs of general dental disease is visible discolourations, but the symptoms of severe dental disease include:
- Problems picking up food
- Bleeding or red gums
- Loose teeth
- Blood in the water bowl or on chew toys
- Bad breath (halitosis)
- “Talking” or making noises when a dog eats or yawns
- Bumps or lumps in the mouth
- Bloody or ropey saliva
- Not wanting the head touched (head shyness)
- Chewing on one side of the mouth
- Sneezing or nasal discharge (advanced gum disease in the upper teeth can destroy the bone between the nasal and oral cavity
Fact 4: Dental Disease Can Affect More Than Just Your Dog’s Mouth…
Numerous studies have shown a direct link between dental diseases in dogs to systemic diseases and infections of the kidneys, liver, lungs and heart. There has even been a link found with diabetes as well as cancer.
These serious systemic diseases can develop or be made worse by the endless amounts of bacteria present in the mouth which in-turn, gets absorbed into the bloodstream via bad or bleeding gums.
One thing to remember is that, if the systemic illnesses are caused by dental disease, then as soon as the continuous barrage of bacteria is removed from the teeth and gums, then these diseases usually resolve.
My Vet Says Kibble is enough to clean teeth…
Suggesting that Kibble is a good way to keep teeth clean is the equivalent to saying humans could clean their teeth by eating potato chips.
Recently an experiment took place to see exactly what would happen to a dog’s dental health if they changed their diet to commercial kibble. Not only was this experiment conducted to see if it would make a difference, the vet also wondered ‘how long would it take a healthy dog to deteriorate once it is fed kibble on a regular basis?’
Over a period of time, the vet fed a healthy dog, only kibble. The results were unbelievable. A number of photos were taken to see the difference throughout.
After only 17 days the dogs’ teeth turned yellow, the dog’s breath began to smell and its gums began bleeding. The vet realised that because the food was not removing the bacteria from the teeth, the bacteria multiplied and were gaining access to the rest of the body through the broken and bleeding gums.
Can I Reverse or Prevent Dental Disease In My Dog?
Yes. It is possible to reverse or prevent the effects of dental disease in your dog, but you can’t let it get too far or it is irreversible. Here are some ways recommended by top vets to help prevent or reverse dental disease:
Get your dog’s teeth professionally cleaned by a vet
This is probably the most expensive route and if tooth extraction is required you could pay up to $700 annually. Another downside to this is putting dogs under anaesthesia isn’t the safest practice. The best form of treatment is prevention, that’s why researchers recommend brushing daily.
Brush your dog’s teeth daily
A study was conducted on Beagles who were fed a kibble diet for 28 days concluded that brushing daily had significant effectiveness in reducing accumulation of plaque and calculus, and reducing the severity of pre-existing gingivitis. However for most people this isn’t convenient or easy as dogs normally don’t like it.
Give your dog bones to chew on
Although one of the best ways to clean dog teeth, most bones will shatter and can cause your dog a whole range of health problems. In the US, Pet owners and veterinarians have reported the following illnesses in dogs that have eaten a certain bone treats such as gastrointestinal obstruction (blockage in the digestive tract), choking, cuts and wounds in the mouth or on the tonsils, vomiting, diarrhea, bleeding from the rectum, and death.
The best thing is a natural, fully digestible dental chew
And hands down, the best dental chew you can give your dog to prevent or reverse dental disease is an all natural pet treat made 100% from Kangaroo Tendon (The Achilles tendon).
When dried, the Kangaroo Tendon is a highly durable and acts both as a dental chew, and a nutritional powerhouse for your pup.
Kangaroo Tendon Benefits:
- High in Protein – Essential for optimal dog health
- High in Omega 3’s – Healthy skin and coat, strong immune system, stops itching
- Allergen Free – Alleviates itching and infections
- Dental Health – Keeps teeth super clean and breath fresh
- 100% Digestible – Avoiding obstructions and GI blockages
- Single ingredient – Which means no fillers or nasty additives
There’s no additives, no preservatives, no harmful ingredients and every single piece is inspected for quality.
Through research and rigorous testing, we found that feeding dried Kangaroo Tendons to dogs has tremendous health benefits especially when compared to commercial pet and dental treats.
Our Treats Vs Leading Brand
There are over 30 ingredients in the most common popular dog chew including: Cereal, starch, humectant, cereal protein, vegetable gum, sodium tripolyphosphate, meat by-products, cellulose fibre, flavors, preservatives, vegetable oil and more…
Kangaroo Tendons have just ONE ingredient.
What’s more, they actually keep teeth clean, breath fresh and last up to 5 x longer than leading commercial dental chews.
Educated Australian pet owners already know the benefits of Roo Tendons and dogs everywhere just love them because they challenge any dog, keep teeth clean, and keep breath fresh.
Click here to see references for this post.
Effect of Frequency of Brushing Teeth on Plaque and Calculus Accumulation, and Gingivitis in Dogs: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/26197686
Effect of Pellet Food Size and Polyphosphates in Preventing Calculus Accumulation in Dogs: http://jov.sagepub.com/content/24/4/236.abstract
Oral health benefits of a daily dental chew in dogs:
Long-term effects of a dental hygiene chew on the periodontal health of dogs: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/10863520
Systemic Diseases Caused by Oral Infection