Healthy Dogs Have Good Oral Hygiene

Taking Care of Your Fur-baby’s Dental Health

Dog with a very healthy smile.

February is the official Pet Dental Awareness Month and Ravenox is all about supporting the health and care of your favorite furry friend!  Dental health is a very important aspect of the overall care of your pet. Ignoring this need can lead to dog dental disease that can not only affect their breath and cause them pain, but affect your wallet as well.  Dental disease in canines can cost up to $3,000 in treatment depending on the severity of poor dental health. It can even result in bone-loss for your most loyal pal.  

Even Young Dogs Need Good Dental Care

A happy puppy with a healthy smile.

According to the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA), nearly two-thirds of pet owners do not follow veterinary recommended guidelines for dog dental care. This makes Periodontal Disease the most common clinical diagnosis in adult dogs with most dogs having some form of the disease by the time they are three years old.  So, what are some simple and effective ways to keep your pup’s mouth in tip-top shape?

Brush Your Dog's Teeth!

A pet owner brushing their dog's teeth during a bath.

The first step in good doggy dental hygiene is brushing their teeth regularly (we recommend you don’t share your toothbrush with them though -- no matter how much you love them).  It may not be their favorite activity on their to-do schedule, but making it a habit to lightly brush their teeth and gums with a super soft toothbrush during bath time is a great way to make sure you are clearing away any food, build-up, and germs to keep their pearly whites fierce!

Choosing the Right Toys for Daily Dental Care

Blitzen the German Shepherd Playing with Toxic-Free Twisted Cotton Rope in Orange

There are an array of different bones and products on the market that are said to help with your pet’s dragon breath, but being aware of what you are feeding your “fur-ever” friend is really something that pet owners should keep in mind.  One of the easiest ways to maintain dog dental care between brushing is a multi-functional toy that your canine will love! 

Twisted cotton rope dog toys offer a natural fiber that is non-toxic if ingested and helps clean your dog’s teeth to keep them sparkling and healthy between brushings.  So, while brushing may not be a highlight of their doggy day -- adding some additional playtime with their favorite human can foster your affection for one another and keep them healthier for longer.  Not to mention -- who doesn’t love a little game of tug-of-war?  

Giving Them the Best Dental Care Long-Term

Happy Ravenox dogs playing Tug-of-War with Twisted Cotton Rope Dog Toy from Ravenox.

When a pet comes into our lives, we open our hearts in a way that isn’t possible without their unconditional love. So, as loving pet parents, we want to keep them with us for as long as possible. Including regular dental care in your pet’s life from early on is said to increase their life expectancy up to two years. And if one of the best and easiest ways to increase the frequency of their dental care is to play with them, how could you ever go wrong with a rope ball or DIY rope toy?

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