So my dog was just diagnosed with dental disease... It's minor, but I still feel awful. She goes in for a scaling/cleaning soon, but I want to do everything right from now on. What are some things I can do along with tooth brushing?
Daily brushing is gold standard, though in some patients with abnormal dentition, it may not be enough.
Daily offering of AVOHC approved dental treats or food are also helpful in the early stages.
There can be some benefits to feeding raw bones, but there are also risks associated with feeding bones, so it’s a risk benefit analysis. Risks include fractured teeth, choking, oesophageal obstruction, gastrointestinal foreign body, constipation and bacterial enteritis.
And some dogs (lookin’ at you poodles and greyhounds) will have bad dental hygiene no matter what you do, and will require several cleanings in their lifetime for optimal health.