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A Healthy Dog Mouth

Kissing Cupid!

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February is also National Pet Dental-Health Month-time to give you pooch’s mouth some love!

Here are some supplements your dog should be on for a healthy mouth and kissably fresh breath!
  1. Probiotics: colonies of probiotics grow in your dog’s mouth, creating pockets of space around his teeth. Plaque begins to form there resulting in inflammation and gingivitis. Feeding probiotics-beneficial bacteria- will keep bad bacteria at bay, while supporting our dog’s gastrointestinal health and immune system function. Natural sources in crude plain kefir & fermented vegetables.
  2. Enzymes: Enzymes enhance nutrient absorption, reduce inflammation and support overall digestive health-all leading to a healthier mouth. Feeding your dog a raw food diet will increase his enzyme intake, and balance his stomach & mouth pH, so start there. In addition, toss him a few chunks of papaya and pineapple now and again, as these fruits contain the naturally occurring enzymes pain and bromelian. 
  3. Omega-3 Fatty acids: The anti-inflammatory action of fatty acids supports periodontal health. They build strong bones and teeth!
  4. Antioxidants: Oxidative stress and free medical damage in your dog’s body can lead to dental disease. Ensure your dog is eating enough antioxidant rich fruits & vegies -blueberries, cranberries, kale, & spinach.
       5. Parsley: Besides containing nutrients like potassium, iron and vitamins A,C,B1, B2 & K, Parsley has antimicrobial                            properties that fight would odors caused  by bacteria.
        6. Coconut Oil: Coconut Oil is great as inaudible addition and also to make a toothpaste from!
            For hundreds of years coconut oil has been used for oral care as it kills bacteria, prevents infection, prevents plaque                   from adhering, & promotes healing. 

You can make your own doggie toothpaste with a teaspoon of coconut oil and a couple drops of high quality therapeutic essential oils like ceylon-cinnamon, clove, myrrh, neem, mint, or grapefruit seed extract. All of these have antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory, and freshening properties. Then using a canine toothbrush or gauze wrapped around your finger, apply to your dogs teeth and gums.

Also promote appropriate chewing habits in your dog also. Yep, actually encourage him to chew!
This will really cut down on plaque and bad breath. Lots of mature dogs give up the chewing habit and consequently get tarter build up which leads to bad breath and other health issues. There’s tons of great chews out there, so if he doesn’t like the first thing you bring home, try something else-it’s worth it! I recommend starting with a bully stick to gage your dog’s chewing style. From there you can go to a soft rubber dental toy with special dental cleaning grooves in it all the way up to an antler with different widths of calcium rings depending on how hard a chewer your dog tuns out to be. To entice dogs to chew in order to clean their teeth sometimes I’ll smear a toy with peanut butter and push it way deep down in the crevasses.
Now, if your fur baby has really bad breath, or shies away from chewing or even eating hard things, it’s time for a trip to the vet for an exam. ..and don’t wait-oral health is important!
After all, he’s your furry cupid love , right?


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