Some pet parents prefer to avoid the potentially harmful ingredients in commercial dog treats by going all-natural. Some people feel that “going green” for anything that goes in their dog’s mouth is the safest option. Did you know that there is a totally “green” alternative to processed products made from nothing but fresh veggies and raw coconut oil? It’s even tasty enough to keep eco-conscious canines begging for more! Dental disease in dogs is something that can be prevented, and with the right methods, it’s really not difficult to do. You can even “go green” to do it.
What You Need To Know About Dental Disease In Dogs:
Veterinarians encourage daily brushing for optimal dog dental health and the prevention of dental disease in dogs. This is highly recommended after meal times. The trouble is that this practice is easier said than done. Some recommend their patients scrub their teeth clean naturally by chewing on bones and specially designed treats and toys as an alternative.
Many commercial products are packed with preservatives and artificial ingredients. Fresh vegetables are a safe addition to almost any diet and won’t pack on empty calories. Crunchy veggies like carrots and zucchini are also loaded with vitamins, nutrients and dietary fiber. These work to nourish your pooch as he munches away dental buildup.
Simple Methods To Prevent Dental Disease in Dogs:
So here’s what you do: get some dog-friendly veggies and some coconut oil. If the oil is solid, gently heat it so it is in its liquid form. Cut several holes in the produce and fill with melted coconut oil. Place them in the freezer for 5 minutes and voilà! Your pup can gnaw his way to strong, sparkling chompers!
Raw coconut oil is a fabulous natural toothpaste due to its antiviral, antibacterial, and antifungal properties – plus most dogs love the taste! As with any dietary change, consult your veterinarian to ensure that coconut oil, which is known to be high in saturated fat, is a good choice for your dog’s individual nutritional needs.
These treats not only satisfy your dog’s desire to chew; the firm, but yielding texture of the vegetables also ensures that even those with sensitive teeth and gums can go-to-town without pain. If your pup is hesitant to chomp down on his new treat, try tossing or hiding it to pique his interest.
Does your pooch hate veggies? Smear hardened coconut oil on a bowl instead. He won’t get the scrubbing effect of chewing the crunchy produce, but licking coconut oil for 20 seconds after each meal is a great way to fight bad breath.
Now you can get your dog his own coconut oil! Keep in mind, prevention of dental disease in dogs starts with early intervention. By following these proven methods, you’ll be on the right track to keeping your dog’s mouth healthy, his breath smelling nice and fresh, and his teeth sparkling.
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H/T to Dogs Naturally Magazine
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