Bones help keep teeth healthy
A balanced diet is essential for healthy teeth. Sugary treats have no place in a dog food bowl as sugary food can lead to cavities, just like in humans. Even more common in dogs than cavities is the build up of tartar, which can cause inflammation of the gums and, in the worst case scenario, periodontal gum disease. To prevent tooth decay, any food remains should be removed on a regular basis. When it comes to your pet's oral hygiene, you should avoid using human toothbrushes and toothpaste. Instead, there are brushes and toothpastes designed especially for dogs. Alternatively, you can buy special dog food containing tooth-friendly ingredients or dog chews. The latter encourages the production of saliva while chewing, thus leading to a healthy mouth flora.
Bones are the best way for dogs to keep their teeth in check. They contain important minerals and trace elements, and also provide a great source of entertainment. However, there are some important basic rules to observe. Bones should be given to your dog raw so that the nutrients are not lost and the bones don't splinter. Splinters can severely damage a dog's intestinal walls. Smaller bones are more suitable than large ones as they are easier to digest. Large bones cannot be fully digested. The bones of young animals are better as they are smaller, thinner and softer. Giving your dog a bone once a week will suffice.
Artificial chew bones made of buffalo skin, ox hide or stag bars are highly recommended as an alternative to real bones. Unlike with real bones, there is no risk of asphyxiation or injury.