As much as I love dogs, I am very picky when it comes to the breed of dog that I bring into our family. I weigh the pros and cons of the breed characteristics so that I know they will be a good fit and live a long, healthy and happy life with us! When I was thinking about bringing home two Shetland Sheepdogs, I did my research and found that some of the cons were poor oral health for dogs like Shelties and that they liked to bark a lot.
I loved the Shetland Sheepdog breed so much that I didn’t let either of those things dissuade me.
I am so glad that I didn’t, because Bailey and Toby are the best dogs ever! I always joke online that they (and Foxy too, of course) are my furbabies, but I am being totally serious. My pets have become such a part of our family that I just love them to pieces!
I read up on how to prevent poor oral health for dogs before I even brought them home! Because Shetland Sheepdogs are prone to poor oral health, I found that they should be fed lots of crunchy treats to help cleanse their teeth and keep their gums healthy. I have always fed them treats like Pedigree Dentastix treats, which can actually reduce tartar build-up up to 80%. . Foxy, Bailey and Toby all love Dentastix treats and I always stock up when they are on sale because they eat them once a day.
Bailey recently turned four years old and Toby is two years old. While Bailey is a generally healthy dog, he began showing signs of gum irritation after about a year, and I had to take him to the vet to have his teeth cleaned before it got any worse. The vet said he had gingivitis, which I didn’t even know dogs could get! He went on a prescription to clear it up and they cleaned his teeth for me. Before I left, one of the vet techs gave me a few tips to prevent poor oral health for dogs – and they are all really simple to follow.
Tips to Prevent Poor Oral Health For Dogs
- Take your dog to the vet for annual dental check ups. When I take my dogs in for their annual vaccinations, I have the vet take a look at their teeth to see if they need to be cleaned. When tartar builds up on your dog’s teeth, gingivitis and tooth decay aren’t far behind. Avoid serious dental issues by staying ahead of the problem!
- Don’t give your dogs rawhide chew toys. I know that it is very common for people to give their dogs rawhide, but for many breeds, their mouths are too delicate to handle them. Bailey and Toby can’t have rawhide because it makes their gums bleed, so we don’t give them to Foxy either.
- Feed your dogs treats that are designed to prevent poor oral health for dogs . As I mentioned before, we use Pedigree Dentastix treats and the dogs love them!
Pedigree Dentastix treats are clinically proven to reduce up to 80% of tartar build-up, and are proven to reduce plaque build-up too! A healthy mouth begins with healthy gums. We have tried other oral health-focused dog treats but Bailey and Toby won’t eat them. They actually get excited when I pull out the Dentastix bag because they really are a treat!
Do you have a dog of your own? If so, you can enter to win a $100 gift card just by sharing how you maintain good oral health for your dog!
Just leave me a comment telling me one specific thing that you do to maintain good oral health for your canine friends and a winner will be randomly drawn on March 19, 2013.
This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of the Dentastix brand. The opinions and text are all mine.