Did you brush your teeth today? I’d like to think that in this day and age most people know to brush their teeth a bare minimum of once per day (ideally after every meal or at least once in the AM and once before bedtime).
If you don’t take care of your teeth you are aware of what can happen. They can become riddled with cavities and require extensive dental work. If you have ever had to have a root canal you’ll make extra certain to take great care of your teeth. Those are the worse!
When it comes to your pet’s teeth, how often do you brush them?
Yes, that’s right. Your pet’s teeth require brushing just like your teeth too. We found that out the hard way on our last vet visit with our dog.
The groomer normally brushes our dog’s teeth when he gets groomed every 2-3 months. We thought that was enough. We figured with the dog treats he eats that they would help take care of any plaque and tarter build up. We were wrong.
Our dog now has major dental issues. So much so that we have to save up HUNDREDS of dollars to have a dental procedure done to remove the plaque and tarter build up otherwise he can lose his teeth.
I’ve had dogs all my life. This is the first time this has ever happened. None of our other dogs had this issue. Sigh…
Banfield Vet Dr. Andrea Sanchez has partnered with Greenies dental chews to help raise awareness around the signs of dental disease and how to prevent it, a few tips include:
Check for signs of dental disease: yellow, brown, loose or missing teeth; red or swollen gums; difficulty chewing; discoloration or tartar on teeth; and decreased appetite.
Flip, Check, Treat:
- Flip your dog’s lip to look for the signs of bad oral health, such as bad breath and tartar build up on teeth.
- Schedule regular visit to Banfield Pet Hospital or your vet to get teeth checked and professionally cleaned.
- Treat your dog to GREENIES® dental chews in between teeth cleanings. Dogs love these dental chews, and as you can imagine it’s a lot faster to give a dog a treat than to brush their teeth.
There is a non-invasive way to help care for your pet’s teeth. They are called Greenies. Perhaps you are familiar with them?
Greenies even look like little toothbrushes. I think that is an adorable idea.
Greenies are available in different sizes. Be sure to choose the Greenie based on the size of your dog.
- TEENIE® Treats: 5-15 lbs./2-7 kg
- Petite: 15-25 lbs./7-11 kg
- Regular: 25-50 lbs./11-22 kg
- Large: 50-100 lbs./22-45 kg
- Jumbo: More Than 100 lbs./More Than 45 kg
Our dog Espn is about 20 pounds, so he has the Petite Greenies.
There might be other dental chews on the market, but none compare to Greenies. Greenies are the first dental chews approved by the Veterinary Oral Health Council and received their Seal of Acceptance. They are also the #1 vet-recommended pet specialty dental chews and treats* (*Among U.S. veterinarians that recommend dental chews and treats for at-home oral care).
Greenies also help with bad breath, in addition to maintaining healthy teeth and gums. If you ever smelled a dog’s breath before you know why that is equally important. A dog’s breath can smell very foul, especially after they eat.
Greenies are easy to use too. Just give your dog a Greenies treat and let them chew it up and enjoy it as they would any other dog bone/treat. They are safe and easily digestible. Greenies contain highly soluble ingredients which help the chews to break down for easy digestion. They are even more digestible than premium dry dog food.
Greenies are found in pet specialty stores such as PetSmart and coming soon to Petco. Starting this year Greenies is also adding more options for pets and pet owners including flavored Greenies (Freshmint and Bursting Berry) as well as Grain Free varieties. Our dog Espn would LOVE the Bursting Berry flavor. He love fruits.
Have you ever used Greenies with your pet? How do you tend to your pet’s oral and dental health? Have you ever brushed your pet’s teeth before?
*I received free product samples in order to do this review. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way.