With a large number of millennials opting out of having children, many people are now beginning to satisfy their “motherly instinct” by becoming what many now refer to as a “pet parent”. This shift in society has boosted the pet care industry because pet parents are spending way more on their house pets than they did 10 or 20 years ago. From premium, all-organic pet food to sweaters and booties, it seems that the pets are beginning to get the better end of the stick.
Keeping Bills at Bay
Though pets may require less maintenance, attention, and less of a long term commitment as a baby would, this doesn’t mean that they aren’t expensive. If your furry-friend runs into health issues, the bills can begin to stack up quickly. One problem has become a particularly large issue for house pets: dental health. Because dogs can’t brush their teeth they often run into issues with cavities, bad breath, and tooth decay. Here are 4 ways you can help maintain the health of your dog’s teeth:
- Toss them a Bone
When it comes to flossing, bones are the best in the business for dogs. Though there is a wide selection in the types of bones that you can buy, the majority of them all have the same beneficial effect on teeth. We suggest buying nylon, rawhide, or if you want to splurge on a premium bone, a fresh soup bone from the butcher is best for flossing.
2. Raw Veggies
Vegetables in their natural state keep gums and teeth strong and provide the body with the necessary nutrients to stay healthy. Vegetables such as carrots, broccoli, and celery are ideal for maintaining optimal oral health.
3. Apple Slices
Apples are known for their teeth cleaning abilities for humans and it is no different for dogs. We suggest giving your pup one or two slices a day to keep their teeth clean and white and their breath smelling fresh!
4. No Tennis Balls!
Though tennis balls are a stereotypical toy for your dog to play with, they have proved to be detrimental to the health of their teeth. The gritty surface on the outer surface of the ball acts as a grinding agent and will eventually wear the protective layer of enamel down. Avoid this by buying toys for your dog that benefit their dental health, such as rubber balls and “Kong” Toys.