Keep your dog’s teeth and gums healthy with these five essential tips

This February marks Dental Health Month, the perfect time to jumpstart or keep up with your dog's dental care routine. Healthy teeth and gums are key to our pet’s well-being, and the good news is there are plenty of ways to support optimal oral health.

Here, Dr Bobby Ortiz, a.k.a. Dogtor Bob, veterinarian and brand ambassador for Kerry-based pet nutrition company Blue Pet Co, shares his five essential tips to support the cleanliness and health of your dog's teeth and gums.

Regular Brushing:

Get into the habit of brushing your dog's teeth regularly using a dog-friendly toothbrush and toothpaste. Aim for at least two to three times a week. Use a toothbrush with soft bristles, and be gentle to avoid causing discomfort. Gradually introduce the toothbrush to your dog so they become accustomed to the process.

Provide Dental Chews:

Daily brushing is recommended but can prove challenging to put into practice. Luckily, using products that mechanically clean teeth and gums or have active substances will keep their teeth shining. Blue Pet Co’s Go Smile™ dog dental sticks’ unique formulation and shape help to support healthy teeth, gums, and fresh breath. Super-powered with PhytoDent™, a seaweed complex for dogs, they help reduce plaque and tartar build-up by encouraging chewing and saliva production.

Choose a Dental-Focused Diet:

Opt for high-quality dog food specifically formulated to promote dental health. Some brands offer kibble with a texture that helps clean teeth as your dog chews. Avoid feeding your dog too many soft or sticky treats, as they can contribute to dental issues. Instead, choose dental treats designed to support oral hygiene.

Regular Vet Check-ups:

Schedule regular veterinary checkups, including dental examinations. Your vet can identify potential dental issues early on and provide guidance on maintaining good oral health. Professional dental cleanings may be necessary, especially if your dog develops plaque or tartar. Consult your vet for personalized advice on dental care.

Monitor for Signs of Dental Issues:

Keep an eye out for signs of dental problems, such as bad breath, swollen or bleeding gums, changes in eating habits, or pawing at the mouth. If you notice any abnormalities, consult your veterinarian promptly. Dental issues, if left untreated, can lead to more serious health problems.

To celebrate Dental Health Month, get 20% off Blue Pet Co’s Go Smile™ dog dental sticks this February online at Blue Pet Co. is also available in leading pet retailers, including Petmania, Pet Republic, and veterinary clinics nationwide.