If you’ve found your way to this page, there’s a pretty good chance you love dogs. You love them even when they fight you [literally] tooth and nail to avoid having their teeth brushed. No one enjoys rubbing a toothbrush over an uncooperative dog’s teeth every day. Hey, even little people take a few years to adjust to that idea.
Still, dental hygiene is vital to your dog’s overall well-being – and not just the smell of his breath. Plaque can build up on a dog’s teeth in as little as 24 hours. As innocent as that sounds, it is much more dangerous for dogs than for people. That is why daily maintenance is so necessary.
So, how can we take better care of our dog’s teeth without exhausting ourselves fighting them? Well, we’ll give them something to snack on! Well, not just anything. Give your dog one WHIMZEES® Chewing once a day is the most convenient, effective and FUN way to help reduce plaque and tartar build-up.
Treats may seem like a questionable way to maintain your dog’s teeth and health, but according to Web MD PetsRegularly chewing dental treats can reduce plaque by 70%. Not all dental products work the same way, though WHIMZEES® really helps improve your pup’s health!
Let’s delve a little deeper into dog dental hygiene, health and why WHIMZEES® can help save your puppy’s teeth and improve their overall health.
Dental disease in dogs in numbers
While we would all like to think that this couldn’t happen to our dog, the truth is that serious dental disease is quite widespread in dogs. A lot of that has to do with genetics, but a lot of it has to do with improper care and attention.
The facts are:
- Dental disease affects 80% of adult dogsand up to 96% of senior dogs over 12 years of age.
- Only 14% of pets receive dental care from a veterinarian.
- Only 2% of pet parents brush their dog’s teeth.
- And dogs are 5x more likely than humans to develop gum disease!
Daily WHIMZEES® chews help reduce the excess plaque and tartar that can make your dog sick.
Consequences of your dog’s poor dental health
No, it’s not just a bit of a pain to skip dental hygiene for dogs. Improper care of a dog’s teeth can have many consequences beyond just the mouth. Dr. Danielle Bernal (B.VSC, MRCVS), Global Vet Nutrition Director, explains:
“The importance of taking care of your dog’s teeth is not only crucial for his oral health, but also for his overall well-being. If left untreated, dental diseases can cause not only tooth loss and severe pain, but also systemic health problems such as heart, kidney and liver disease.”
These health complications vary, but include:
Heart valve infections
Yes, poor dental health can become that serious. When bacteria from the mouth travel and settle on the heart valves, it can cause an infection. Bacterial endocarditis (infection of the lining of the heart) can permanently damage your dog’s heart tissue and lead to heart disease or possibly heart failure.
Swallowed bacteria can also easily find their way to the liver. Liver infections are extremely expensive to treat and potentially life-threatening.
Sepsis (also called blood infection)
Bacteria from the mouth can also enter your dog’s bloodstream and cause an infection. Sepsis is treatable, but it is still a huge health risk.
If your teeth hurt with every bite, eating becomes a lot less fun. Your dog’s painful infections or swellings can affect his ability to enjoy meals.
Osteomyelitis (also called bone infection)
Serious dental disease in dogs can lead to bone infections or broken jaws. According to Dr. Denise Petryk, Director of Veterinary Services at Trupanion, says this is especially true for smaller dogs that are most susceptible to dental disease. It can have painful and potentially irreversible complications.
“The bone under the teeth is susceptible to infections and becomes brittle. When this bone breaks, it is very difficult to heal AND it is very difficult for veterinarians to repair some of these fractures.”
Breeds most vulnerable to dental diseases
Dental diseases and complications can happen to any puppy without proper care and hygiene, but some breeds are more likely to suffer from them.
The dogs most likely to develop dental disease are usually genetically predisposed to it. Smaller dogs, for example, are especially at risk of dental problems. Smaller jaws can lead to tooth crowding, causing gingivitis, periodontal disease and ultimately painful tooth loss. Dogs with longer snouts can also have tooth and gum problems.
The most common breeds with dental problems are:
- Yorkshire terrier
- Cavalier King Charles Spaniel
How do I know if my dog has dental disease?
Your vet is truly the expert and regular check-ups are essential! Be sure to keep track of your pup’s annual visits. Veterinarians can perform dental procedures, but putting a puppy under anesthesia is always a risk. Monitoring your dog’s dental health makes a big difference.
Symptoms of dental disease include:
- Terrible breath
- Visible deposits on your dog’s teeth or discoloration of the gums
- Any bleeding around teeth or gums
- Poor appetite (your dog may be in too much pain to eat!)
- Excessive drooling
If you witness these symptoms, consult a veterinarian immediately.
Starting your pup on a healthy dental regimen now is the best way to help prevent disease. Remember: all you need is one chew per day. Click here to save $3 WHIMZEES® bags!
Why WHIMZEES® is the dental solution for your dog
Independent kennel studies found WHIMZEES® Brushzees® significantly slows down the formation of tartar and plaque. These chews also received the VOHC (Veterinary Oral Health Council) quality mark, which they do not give to just anyone.
Because WHIMZEES® encourage your pup to chew for a while, he will clean longer [you with] a toothbrush does. The chews also have nubs and ridges that serve as “bristle bristles” and help clean hard-to-reach areas in a dog’s mouth. Research into comparable products, conducted by an independent kennel between 2017 and 2019, shows this WHIMZEES® cleaned 2x better than the average dental chew and lasted 3x as long.
The only effort you need to make to give your dog a treat is to restrain yourself from giving him more. I mean, that and opening the bag. Since WHIMZEES® helps reduce plaque and tartar, saving you a lot of grief trying to separate your dog’s jaws for a brushing. All you have to do is hand one to the eager pup!
Um… Dogs love it!
WHIMZEES® contains no artificial additives or flavors and is made with only 6 primary ingredients. They are also completely grain and gluten free. Simply put, they are all-natural dental treats for your dog!
Parents love them too!
If you’re like me and enjoy buying things that your dog likes but that also look cute, then you’ll love alligator and hedgehog chews. But if you think of hygiene as hygiene, you might like the toothbrush chewables. Your dog will love them either way, trust me.
A brand that cares about the earth
When you buy one WHIMZEES® treat, you also support a company that supports the planet. Based in Massachusetts with production in the Netherlands, WHIMZEES® works hard to reduce their energy production and waste. They source their materials locally and recycle dutifully!
You can save $3 WHIMZEES® bags and start taking your pup’s teeth seriously today. And personally, I really think you should.
(’17-’19) Based on research into similar products conducted by an independent kennel.