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Don’t Forget the Fangs! National Pet Dental Health Month with Bully Sticks Direct

Don’t Forget the Fangs! National Pet Dental Health Month with Bully Sticks Direct

Feb 21, 2024

February is a month primarily dominated by Valentine’s Day but it isn't just about love and chocolates; it's also National Pet Dental Health Month! Dog’s teeth need just as much care and attention as human’s do. Although brushing everyday is not necessary, neglected dental care can lead to painful issues, impacting your dog’s overall well-being and health.

Fear not, pet parents! By understanding common canine dental problems and implementing simple measures, you can keep those puppy smiles bright and healthy. In this blog by Bully Sticks Direct, we’re going to learn more about your pup’s dental hygiene and k-9 cleaning how-to’s.

Common Dental Issues in Dogs

Dental problems are sadly prevalent in dogs, with 80% suffering from some form of dental disease by the age of three (Source: Oral Health Foundation). Here are some of the most common culprits:

Plaque and Tartar: This sticky film and its mineralized cousin, tartar, accumulate on teeth due to food debris and bacteria. Left unchecked, they harden, irritate gums, and cause gingivitis and inflammation.

Periodontal Disease: This progressive gum infection, fueled by plaque and tartar build-up, destroys gum tissue and bone, eventually leading to tooth loss.

Fractures and Tooth Erosion: Chewing hard objects can chip or crack teeth, exposing the sensitive pulp and causing pain. Acidic foods and drinks can also contribute to enamel erosion.

Unfortunately, pups can’t verbally tell us if they’re feeling a toothache or gum irritation. It is often not until the problem is in dire need of a solution that dog owner’s notice that something is wrong. In order to catch these things before they’re causing your pup pain, see the preventative measures below!

Prevention is Key: Safeguarding Your Dog's Smile

The good news when it comes to your dog’s dental health? Many dental woes can be prevented with a proactive approach including:

  1. Daily Brushing: Yes, dog’s need their teeth brushed, too! It’s important to note that you should not use just any human toothpaste. Fluoride is not meant to be ingested by dogs. Brushing your dog's teeth with a dog-specific toothpaste is the gold standard. Ask your veterinarian for a recommendation or do some research! Start early and make it a positive experience using rewards such as a treat from Bully Sticks Direct afterwards.
  2. Regular Vet Checkups & Cleanings: Make sure your vet is checking your pup’s teeth and gums during every appointment. It’s important to look for loose teeth, inflamed gums, and potential rot. Ask your vet about scheduling a professional cleaning which includes your dog going under anesthesia for a thorough examination, cleaning, and polish.
  3. Dental-Friendly Diet: When shopping for dog food, it’s important you choose the right kind in regards to your dog's age, size, and needs. It’s also important to look for dog food with as few processed ingredients as possible. Your best bet is to get all-natural dog treats from Bully Sticks Direct which have zero added antibiotics, preservatives, or or hormones.

Bully Sticks – A treat for your dog’s dental health

If you don’t have time to brush your dog’s teeth every day, there are alternative ways that you can keep up their dental hygiene including k-9 friendly treats from Bully Sticks Direct! These all-natural bully sticks, made from responsibly sourced beef pizzle, aren't just delicious—they also act as nature's toothbrush for your dog. But how exactly do they work their magic?

First, the tough, fibrous nature of a bully sticks treat requires thorough chewing, creating a natural scraping action that removes plaque and tartar buildup just like brushing. Chewing also stimulates saliva flow, which has antibacterial properties and helps rinse away food particles and bacteria in your dog’s mouth.

Choosing the Right Dental Treats: Don't Fall for Fake!

Not all dog treats are created equal. Some treats that are made for your dog’s “dental hygiene” are full of unsafe and toxic ingredients, some even produced to look like toothbrushes. It is easy to fall for these dog treat marketing schemes but with the right education, you can avoid them.

If you are as concerned with your dog’s diet as you are yours, here's what to keep in mind when selecting dental treats for your dog:

Ingredients: Look for natural, minimally processed dog treat options that are free of artificial additives, sugars, and chemicals that can not only ruin your dog’s teeth but could cause upset stomachs and disease. Bully Sticks Direct is a company that prides itself on being:

  • Preservative-Free
  • Hormone-Free
  • Antibiotic-Free
  • All-Natural
  • Single-Source Supplier

Texture: Choose dense, chewy treats that encourage prolonged chewing and plaque removal. Soft treats crumble easily, offering little dental benefit.

Size: Select treats appropriate for your dog's size to prevent choking hazards. Bully Sticks Direct has a large catalog of bully sticks, tendons, and chews great for small and large dogs alike! Choose from a range of 6 to 12 inch treats and purchase using your best judgment for your pup’s preferences.

Moderation is Key: While dental treats offer benefits, they should complement, not replace, proper brushing and a healthy diet.

“My dog loves these gullet sticks! Penny is a miniature poodle shi tzu mix. These keep her teeth and gums healthy.”

  • 5 Star Review of Bully Sticks Direct 6-inch Moo Taffy Sticks by Kathleen F.

Bully Sticks Direct: Your Partner in Pet Dental Health

At Bully Sticks Direct, we're passionate about supporting your dog's overall well-being, including their mental, physical, and oral health! Our ethically sourced, high-quality bully sticks are a delicious and effective way to keep those pearly whites shining bright. This National Pet Dental Health Month, give your furry friend the gift of a healthy smile and choose Bully Sticks Direct – the treat that works wonders for canine chompers! Shop online today and follow along with BSD on Instagram!

Remember, dental health is a year-round commitment. Incorporate these tips and tricks into your routine, and you'll be ensuring a lifetime of happy smiles and playful barks for your beloved dog.

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