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Toys and Dental Care
02/01/17 at 12:05 PM | Published Under Pet Care
February has been designated as pet dental month on the pet calendar and many veterinary clinics nationwide offer discounts for dental cleaning and general preventative care.
It’s certainly worth taking advantage of any special offers because good dental hygiene plays an important role in your fur kids’ overall good health. If not properly managed, bacteria in the mouth are ingested and can possibly contribute to serious damage to internal organs such as the kidneys and the heart and lead to medical issues such as diabetes.
And, sadly, according to the American Veterinary Dental Council up to 80 per cent of dogs experience some form of dental issue by the age of three. Periodontal disease is completely preventable. This is usually the start of more serious issues.
Bad breath is a very common sign of dental issues. Other signs include excessive drooling and constant pawing of the mouth.
Cleaning your dog’s teeth with a special canine toothbrush and toothpaste will prevent a build-up of plaque. However, there are lots of other easy things to do that can promote good dental hygiene and general care starting with proper management of your dog’s toy box.
Veterinary orthodontist Jan Bellows of All Pets Dental in Weston, Florida, warns that dog bones are not toys and further advises that dogs should never be given antlers, ice cubes or nylon chews as these can cause teeth to break exposing the nerves. Often pet parents are unaware that their dog may have cracked teeth.
So its important to ensure that the toy box is filled with safe toys. Size appropriate toys will also help to maintain a healthy mouth. Toy manufacturers do a lot of research in developing new non-toxic materials and a lot of research goes into new toy designs to also ensure that the toys will not cause damage to teeth and gums. This is important during all life stages but particularly as your dog ages.
The new goDog RhinoPlay collection is made from a patented durable solid foam called PopFoam™ that’s lightweight and suitable for puppies as well as senior dogs with aging teeth and gums. Nevertheless this material is still extremely durable for rough play and the fun toy shapes are designed for easy pick-up.
We all know how dogs can drool over favorite toys. Drool of course is full of bacteria and, in a multi-dog household can be passed from one dog to another if they share their toys. It’s important to wash toys. Soft plush toys can be washed on a delicate cycle and tumble dried on a low setting. Hard toys can be rinsed off. Read labels as many can be placed on the top shelf of the dishwasher too.
And because Pet Dental Month coincides with Valentine’s Day, there is no better excuse to spoil your pet with a new plush tug toy that will exercise her jaw and keep her active and positively engaged too.