Dog Teeth: Top 7 Natural Tips To Healing Dental Problems Now

Your dog’s teeth, and their care are vital in terms of keeping your dog healthy and preventing disease. Periodontal (gum) disease is the number one diagnosed problem in dogs; by the age of three, 80% of dogs have some form of periodontal disease. Lack of healthy teeth and gums can lead to heart disease, liver disease, kidney disease, stroke and even diabetes. In this article I will cover the dog teeth anatomy, the causes of dental disease, and the most important natural solutions to keeping your dogs teeth and gums healthy at home. Dog’s start with deciduous (baby) teeth- similar to people. The teeth first erupt between the third and sixth weeks- at four months the puppies start to lose these baby teeth, and gain the full number of 42 adult teeth by the ages of 6-7 months. Some dogs have baby teeth that don’t fall out ( retained), and these can be extracted in a simple procedure by your veterinarian during the spay or neuter at 6-7 months. Most dental problems happen after the adult teeth have formed. Plaque, a thin coat of bacteria, accumulates on the teeth, then it progresses to tartar, leading to gum inflammation. Bacteria also grows under the gum-line, causing gum infection (gingivitis) which can lead to tooth loss if not treated. Other dental problems include broken teeth, which can show as being painful to chew. Tooth root abscess are infections which form at the tooth root; they can cause swelling under the eye. The signs of dental disease in your dog are similar to people. These include bad breath ( halitosis), reluctance to chew, redness at the gum line and visible tartar on the teeth. In advanced periodontal disease the teeth are loose, and may even fall out. Some dogs may be ill and quite sick if the bacteria from the mouth has spread to other organs, such as the heart or liver. The big question then is what can you do? Fortunately there are many things, and I want to give you my most effective natural remedies. Dental Diet. Ensure that your dog eats a dry kibble with larger pieces that have to be chewed. Some food companies now produce specific dental diets which will lower tartar buildup. They are more abrasive on the teeth and some contain an enzyme which lowers tartar formation. These foods are available at your local veterinarian. Natural Diets. Raw meaty bones and windpipes from cows or pigs can help keep teeth clean. If your dog splinters and swallows large pieces of bone, he is at risk of obstruction, so do not give him bones. Some dogs love chicken necks. To rule out the risk of Salmonella (a bacterial infection), put the bones or windpipes in boiling water for 30 seconds first. Healthy Treats. Raw vegetables, such as carrots are a great, low calorie treat that can help clean the teeth. If your dog likes them, then feed away. Brush. The best way to keep your pet’s teeth clean is by brushing. Ideally this should be done daily, but twice a week is a good goal. Begin by rubbing your finger around your pet’s mouth. Flavor it with tuna to make it enticing for your dog. A finger toothbrush can be used (it fits around the end of your finger). Use pet toothpaste, for if swallowed it will not upset your pet’s stomach. Baking soda is another safe natural toothpaste. The electric toothbrushes are very effective and the long neck helps you get to the back premolars. Vitamin C is used by many alternative practitioners for dental disease. It is an immune stimulant and helps the production of normal gum and teeth tissue. The starting cat dose is 100 mg daily. The starting dog dose is 100 mg per 10 lbs daily. If your pet gets diarrhea, lower the dose. Plaque Off. This is a completely natural product which is suitable for dogs. It is a special type of seaweed which has been found to have specific beneficial effects for oral care. It comes in a granulated form which is easily added to food every day. It is rich in natural iodine and contains important vitamins and minerals and is free from artificial colors, preservatives, gluten and sugar There are two herbs that can help your dog’s teeth. Calendula lotion can be used to heal ulcers in the mouth and promote healing of damaged tissue. Chamomilia can be used to decrease puppy and kitten chewing, alleviating some of the signs of teething pain. Myrrh can be mixed with water and applied topically to the inflamed gum tissue to decrease gum inflammation. Now you should be able to understand the importance of keeping your dog’s teeth healthy, and recognize the signs and symptoms of dental disease in your dog. If you see red gums, visible tartar, bad breath or reluctance to chew, then your dog likely has periodontal disease. There are many things you can be doing to prevent and natural treat your dog’s teeth problems; the most important remedies include, specific diets, brushing, the use of supplements, and certain herbs for gum inflammation. Dr Andrew Jones is the author of a Free Ebook, Dog Health Secrets, which gives you over 100 safe, natural and effective at home remedies to solve your dog’s health problems quickly and easily at home. He reveals what Vaccines to AVOID and what to give, The BEST food to feed, plus HOW to save money on veterinary fees. Your FREE DOG HEALTH SECRETS BOOK is at http://www.theinternetpetvet.com Article Source: http://EzineArticles.com/?expert=Dr_Andrew_Jones,_DVM

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Celebrate Your Milestones

Once in a while, it’s important to stop, catch your breath, and look at your accomplishments before you move on to the next thing — to put a stake in the ground that says, “I made it this far!” Today, we’re rolling out a couple of notifications to help you celebrate your blog activity milestones. From now on, whenever you hit a milestone for how many followers your blog has (5, 10, 20, 50, 100 and beyond), you’ll get a badge: We also created badges to celebrate when you receive lots of likes from visitors: In addition to celebrating your achievements, we wanted to notify you when you’ve had a particularly good day for receiving likes or new followers. From now on, we’ll let you know of your best days for such activity: Keep in mind that we’ve only started counting your best days this March. We all blog for different reasons. Some might chronicle their travel adventures, others might detail their culinary undertakings. If you find a post or a blog you enjoyed, like it or follow the blog — your action might send them a badge and make them smile. It’s easy to find great new blogs to follow using the Reader .

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Easier Invitations Mean More Followers and Blog Contributors

We’ve made two big changes that make it easier to encourage friends, family, and colleagues to interact with your WordPress.com blog. First, now you can invite people to follow your blog. If your blog is public, anyone can use the Follow button to sign up to receive an update each time you publish new content. But if you’d like to share your blog with specific people, we’ve made it easy to send them an invitation to check out your site. Try it out now and invite some friends to follow your blog: 1. Head to your dashboard and click on Users → Invite New . Type the users’ email addresses or WordPress.com usernames. 2. Set the Role to Follower . 3. If you like, add your own message to personalize the invitation, then click Send Invite. When your friend accepts the invite, they’ll start receiving email updates each time you publish a new post. Secondly, you can also use the new invitations to add contributors to your blog. Have you ever thought that it might be fun to have a friend write a guest post? Or perhaps you want to ask a colleague to help moderate comments. Adding contributors to your blog has never been easier. Head to Users → Invite New in the dashboard and enter the person’s WordPress.com username or email address. Then select the contributor, author, editor, or administrator role, and send the invite. Your new user will now be able to access your blog by visiting the My Blogs section of their dashboard when they log in to WordPress.com. They’ll also receive an email notification that they’ve been added to your blog. For more details on the new invitations, check out the Support document on Inviting Contributors, Followers, and Viewers .

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