Dog Dental Care & Your Morkie

Dog Dental Care & Your Morkie

Good dog dental care is vital for your Morkie and there’s more to it than just cleaning dogs teeth. Proper dental care includes these four parts:

1. brush – ideally daily, but at least every other day

2. spray – use one of the new ‘plaque sprays’ or dental gels for dogs

3. feed RAW bones, like chicken wings

4. go pro – get his teeth cleaned at the Vet’s when necessary

If you just ignore proper dog dental care and hygiene, you are literally—
  • shortening your Morkie’s life, because the ugly bacteria of dental disease eventually can make its way into the blood stream, where it causes permanent damage to vital organs like the heart and kidneys
  • dog dental disease means sentencing your Morkie to pain and suffering from bad teeth. Pain he can’t even tell you about.

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Important as brushing is, good dog dental care is more than simply cleaning your dog's teeth!

Look at the progression of dog dental disease!

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advanced dog dental disease
extreme dog dental disease



doggy breath

Ugh, doggy breath!

Little dogs seemed plagued with doggy breath; one reason why is they’re more prone to plaque and tartar build-up on their teeth. Yorkie teeth in particular, are renowned for being bad; they’re too jammed in to the Yorkie’s small jaw, and not well ‘anchored’ in the jaw. It’s possible that a Morkie has the same poor teeth; another reason to watch closely for problems.

Occasional remedies for doggy breath include minty products like YipYap or White Bites. Now and then your Morkie might need some temporary help for really bad doggy breath. These products work but don’t use them to mask more serious causes of doggy breath.

DANGER: NEVER use a product which contains artificial colouring, artificial flavours, alcohol or xylitol. Both are highly toxic for dogs.

Does kibble keep your Morkie’s teeth clean?

As one expert said,

expecting kibble to help clean your dog’s teeth is like people counting on potato chips to clean their teeth.

Do treats work to clean your dog’s teeth?

Greenies, made by the Nutro Company, have been around for about a decade, and are designed to help keep the dog’s (or cat’s) teeth clean through mechanical abrasion.

The company says Greenies are #1 Vet recommended dental chews and are clinically proven to deliver total oral health solutions.

On the plus side:

  • they’re chemical-free (100% natural ingredients)
  • not too fattening for your Morkie (the mini has 25 calories)
  • they have the American Veterinary Dental College seal of approval

On the downside:

  • Dental Chews like Dentabone® and Dentastix® are hard for small dogs to digest
  • can cause an upset stomach and gas, so limit your Morkie to one every other day at most

Get Greenies today at Amazon.com

Healthy Pets Dental Gel Formula

  • 8 Botanicals – Not Just 1 or 2 Like Some Other Products
  • Synthetic Vitamin Supplements

Grapefruit seed extract and peppermint oil are just two ingredients in this top-rated Dental Gel. The 8 main ingredients in this peppermint-flavoured Healthy Pets Dental Gel are designed to work together to help keep teeth clean.

All ingredients are:

  • Plant-based and 100% natural
  • Safe without potential adverse effects for both cats and dogs
  • Effective at cleaning teeth, even without brushing

 

Easy to use.

Just squeeze the recommended amount onto your fingertip. For a small size dog like a Morkie, that’s less than a fourth of a teaspoon.

If your Morkie will allow you to open his mouth, simply smear the gel over his teeth and gums. If not, place the gel on his lips, paw, or muzzle, and he’ll lick it off. The more he licks, the more it will mix with his saliva and coat his teeth and gums.

When smearing the gel on your dog’s teeth, focus on the back molars first. Especially with cats, this is where most of the dirt accumulates. Move to the pre-molars, canines, and then the incisors.

Order your Healthy Pets Dental Gel with Herbal Extracts today and know you may be making a great decision for your Morkie.

Dog Teeth Cleaning

Dog Teeth Cleaning

denture-my-dogTime to talk teeth, before February is over because it’s National Pet Dental Month.

Why are your Morkie’s teeth so important? Like you, she gets just one adult set, and she needs them to eat properly, to grind and tear her food for good digestion.

And also like you, your Morkie can suffer from cavities and painful abscesses.  More serious dental problems like gum disease can lead to chronic pain, missing teeth, eroded gums and even bone loss.

Signs of dental distress

  • stinky dog breath
  • red swollen gums
  • bleeding gums

Dogs can’t tell us they have a toothache, so it can be hard to spot dental disease until it’s quite advanced.

It’s worse than just doggy breath

Left untreated, dental disease can lead to devastating results. Dogs with unchecked gum inflammation may be at higher risk for heart, kidney, and liver disease. That’s because bacteria from the mouth constantly enters the blood stream and can cling to to the arteries surrounding the heart and other organs.

A big problem for small dogs

Gum disease is 5X more common in dogs that humans. One reason why is because a dog’s mouth is much more alkaline than ours, which encourages plaque to form quickly.

And like their parent Yorkie and Maltese dogs, Morkies have very small jaws, with teeth very close together, often jammed in. That gives food particles good hiding places to turn into bacteria, tartar and plaque.

Stop the cycle before it begins

As you can see from the diagram below, it’s easy to stop plaque, tartar and gum disease and tooth decay with regular brushing.

As the teeth grind up food, debris accumulates on the tooth surface and attracts bacteria. This build up of food fragments and bacteria is called plaque. Plaque can be brushed away when it’s done regularly.


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f plaque isn’t brushed away, mineral deposits cause it to harden on the teeth. This is called tartar.  Tarter can be spotted as dark yellow or brown accumulations on the teeth. It’s very difficult to remove; in fact, your Vet must remove it with dental treatment.  If left untreated, plaque can lead to damage of the gums (gingivitis) or the jawbones and teeth (periodontitis).

Next to ear problems tartar and gingivitis are the most common reasons dogs are seen by Veterinarians.

Your goal is to clean the plaque off your dog’s teeth, so that it doesn’t build up and become tartar. Daily brushing will do the trick!

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