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Dental health for greyhounds. Why is it so important?

Dental care is an important part of greyhound health, as with all dogs. Greyhounds in particular can be prone to dental problems such as gum disease (gingivitis), tooth decay, and broken teeth (depending on what is being fed).

Dental disease is sadly a common condition in our pets, and over 80% of dogs will have dental disease by the time they are 3 years old. Luckily, regular dental care (including dental home care and regular dental cleans performed by your veterinarian) can help prevent these issues and keep your greyhound’s teeth healthy.

Here are some tips for taking care of your greyhound’s dental health:

  1. Regular Brushing: Regular brushing of your greyhound’s teeth with a dog-specific toothbrush and toothpaste can help remove plaque and prevent tartar buildup. Aim for at least two to three times per week. I normally recommend starting with some pet toothpaste on the tip of your finger just to ease your pet into the tooth brushing process. Once your pet is comfortable with this, you can move onto using a pet toothbrush (or even a baby toothbrush) with pet toothpaste on it.
  2. Dental Chews: Dental chews can help clean your greyhound’s teeth and freshen their breath. Look for chews that are designed to promote dental health and are appropriate for your dog’s size. I normally avoid large bones (cooked or raw) and overly hard dental treats as these can lead to broken teeth, obstructions, constipation and other health problems. Oravet Dental Hygiene Chews are great for keeping your hound’s teeth clean and breath fresh.
  3. Water additives: can be a simple way to help reduce plaque build up on your pet’s teeth. This Oxyfresh product is great as it is odourless and flavourless so won’t deter your pet from drinking from their water bowl.
  4. Regular Dental Check-ups: Schedule regular check-ups with your local vet clinic to ensure that your greyhound’s teeth and gums are healthy. They can perform a dental exam, recommend dental treatments if needed, and provide advice on home dental care.
  5. Dental Diet: A healthy diet that is high in protein and low in sugar can help promote good dental health for your greyhound. Feeding a dental specific diet can be a great way to ensure your pet’s nutritional requirements are being met, whilst caring for their teeth. My normal go-to’s are Hills t/d and Royal Canin Dental Care.

Remember to always consult with your veterinarian for specific recommendations on your greyhound’s dental care, as some greyhounds may have specific dental needs or issues.

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