Any painful gum infections or tartar build up can impact so much on your dog’s overall quality of life, but also on their general health where bacteria in the gums could enter the blood stream if those gums are badly inflamed, and result in heart or kidney disease that may end up irreversible.
I see it time and time again in elderly pets with sore, red gums and smelly tartar-coated teeth from years of eating scraps and licking the plates of owners at the end of meals that are full of sugar-laden sauces and foods (yes, we are as guilty of this as any family!)
A simple solution to preventing this, is to feed plant-based and brush their teeth each night. We do it with Ruff, as being a stray, he had very bad teeth (photo showing his ‘sore’ side before having a dental and going plant-based).
He does not particularly like having his teeth brushed – we use logic gel (contains enzymes and is flavoured but no animal proteins in it) and a soft toothbrush, but we make it into such a fun game that he sits patiently and then gets SO excited about his reward – a Veggiedent dental chew!
We have reviewed the main plant-based dental chews available that we recommend that are affordable and as ‘natural’ as they can be (for a treat!) as well as effective to help clean the teeth.
There are some that we do not recommend too below.
16 year old Border Terrier Nancy’s owner noticed an amazing result after transitioning her from meat-based to a wholesome plant-based diet:
Her teeth have self-cleaned! Since being very young, Nancy has had a tartar problem. We have tried brushing and other solutions, but we realised one day that (after transitioning) something about the diet seemed to be cleaning up her teeth!
We have reviewed some dental chews below that we recommend and have used
Lily’s Kitchen Woofbrushes have a spongey texture to get down to the gumline and supposedly wipe away plaque. We have not tried them, but many of our plant-based dogs seem to love them.
We have reviewed some dental chews below that have a warning, but are still fine to use as shown below
These tubes are very reasonably priced with healthy ingredients, but we have tried them on Ruff and although they last a long time, due to their tube shape, they get caught in your dog’s teeth as happened with our little Ruff! He then chose to leave it so it must have hurt his gums!
Instead of feeding bones, we want to allow our plant-based dogs the enjoyment of chewing, and these natural wood coffee tree posts are very popular. The only concern that we have with them, is that your dog (especially if young), may not differentiate between the natural wood stick he is allowed to chew and the expensive dining room table leg!
The dental treat below IS NOT RECOMMENDED!
Please DO NOT feed these antler chews to your dog. I have seen first hand the damage that these very hard chews do to your dog’s teeth as dogs can fracture their molars when chewing them! I even had a Staffy with the strongest jaw who had a fractured and very painful molar from being given an antler chew, so not to give to your dog.
The word is out now that dogs can be fed a vegan/vegetarian diet and the discussion has started
Anal gland problems are very common and can be very distressing if not treated correctly
DCM or dilated cardiomyopathy is one of the biggest concerns to most owners feeding their dogs a 100% plant-based diet
IT IS SO MUCH CHEAPER THAN YOU THINK TO FEED AN AVERAGE 25kg DOG ON SOLO VEGETAL!
We asked the top vet oncologist in the country for her opinion on whether a vegan diet could protect our dogs from cancer
The more we feature and spread our message, the greater the impact we will have with promoting the healthiest and certainly the kindest way to feed our pets today and in the future!
Researchers found that all of the raw dog food samples contained antibiotic-resistant Enterococci, including bacteria resistant to the last-resort antibiotic linezolid
She has written the article with such an in-depth understanding of the importance of dogs going plant-based – all just so positive for the future!
Which dog foods in the UK can be classed as fully vegan?
“I don’t think we are going to become extinct. We are very clever and very resourceful”
As we come out of lockdown, we advise on how to be the kindest pet owner that you can be!
Something that so many owners who transition to plant-based notice with their dogs – how soft the fur becomes!