Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Take Care of Your Dog's Teeth Naturally

   February is Pet Dental Health Care month. That means it is time to look at how we can help our best friends have healthy teeth and fresh breath. It is always best to start a dental hygiene routine as soon as your pup moves in with you. Once they are used to having their teeth brushed, it can become something they enjoy. Bentley loves to have his teeth brushed. If you have tried everything to get your dog’s teeth brushed and nothing works, don’t fret. There are other things that you can do to help prevent decay. Today, we are going to look at some dental problems and holistic ways to help.
 Bentley Basset Hound brushing his teeth in a mirror

 Common Signs of a Dental Problem
·        Loose or discolored teeth
·        Tartar
·        Unusual drooling, especially when eating
·        Dropping food when they try to chew
·        Loss of appetite
·        Bleeding from their mouth
Natural Ways to Help Prevent Dental Problems
·        Brush your dog’s teeth daily or at the very minimum, weekly.
·        Tissue Salts or Cell Salts~ Calc phos 6x and Calc fluor 6x can help remineralize calcium on teeth. Dissolve one tablet of each into a small bowl of water and feed every day for about a month to strengthen teeth and prevent decay. 
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·        Raw bones are a good way to keep tartar from building up. (Always monitor your dog with any bone)
·        Add a teaspoon of organic virgin coconut oil to their food each day.
·        Add a small amount of chopped parsley to their dinner.
·        Carrots are a great way to combat tartar.
·        Bake homemade dental bone cookies for fresh breath.
Homemade dental bone cookies on a plate. Fresh Cookies ~ Fresh Breath
Easy Bake Bone Cookies Fresh Breath
·        1 ½ cups coconut flour
·        ½ cup finely chopped mint (3/4 tsp. mint extract)
·        ½ cup Parsley
·        1 egg
·        1/3 cup coconut milk
·        3 tbsp. coconut oil (melt the coconut oil before adding)
*Preheat oven to 350°F. Mix all ingredients together in a bowl until you can form a ball. Roll out the dough on a floured surface until it is approximately ½” thick. Use a cookie cutter to cut out shapes and place them on a parchment covered baking sheet. Bake for 20 minutes or until golden brown. Let the cookies cool completely before sharing with your dog. This recipe yields one dozen large bone-shaped treats.

   We will be sharing several helpful dental posts throughout February. Together we can take a bite out of dog dental disease.
*Disclaimer: Always seek the advice of your veterinarian concerning dental issues and treatments. Any information or health tips given are in no way a substitution for proper veterinarian care, advice, diagnosis, or treatment.

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  1. Oh that recipe has my name, so it must be made for me, right? I have to see the vet today... and I hope my chompers are in a good shape...

  2. Dental bone cookies !?! Oh YES pleeeeeease
    Loves and licky kisses
    Princess Leah xxx

  3. those sound good for freshening the breath

  4. I have a recipe today too but it is not for dental stuff. Just another thing you and I have in common...loving teeth brushing. Every night before bed. I wait for it. No bad dog breath in our homes!

  5. Great job Bentley you are going to have super teeth. Thanks for sharing this was great.

  6. Yes!! I actually just submitted a post for 4Kinines which will be posted this Friday all about dental health month. Such an important topic!
    ღ husky hugz ღ frum our pack at Love is being owned by a husky!

  7. This woman loves brushing our teeth yuck
    Lily & Edward

  8. What great tips! I have yet to find a way to get our pack to tolerate a toothbrush, so I make sure to supplement in anyway I can.

  9. Those look delicious! Also, a bulge under the eye is a sign of abscess! Shiner had one, but hers was due to a fractured tooth.

  10. I thought I knew them all but i learned some new ways to prevent dental problems.

  11. OH those COOKIES...
    We leaned a LOT here today. We have raw carrots every evening, we Brush with Chicken flavored paste and we get coconut oil in our wet Suppers every day. WE TRY Hard to keep our teefs lookin.... ""SHARP"" That is a Teefs Pun fur you.

  12. I definitely want to try that recipe! I love that it is good for their teeth and grain free as well. This crew does not go for teeth brushing, so we have to find other things to help. I didn't know coconut oil could...they already get that so glad to hear that!
    Jan, Wag 'n Woof Pets

  13. We love getting our teeth brushed! BUTT that bone looks tasty!

    Keep Calm & Bark On!

    Murphy & Stanley

  14. We wish there were some natural treats to clean cats' teefs. We sure won't let the mom brush our teefs.

  15. Bentley looks so handsome in the mirror! <3 Dental Bone Cookies sounds so amazing! Thank you for sharing! :)

  16. That looks like a very good recipe to keep the pearly whites, well...white! Thank you for sharing. ღ

  17. Excellent post! It's so important to keep those teeth healthy to avoid serious health issues.
    Love & Biscuits,
    Dogs Luv Us and We Luv Them