Dental and oral health is not only crucial for us humans, but also for our four-legged friends. Gum inflammation, also known as gingivitis, is a common problem in dogs and can have serious effects on their health. Unfortunately, gingivitis is still underestimated by many dog owners.
In this article, we will take an in-depth look at the causes, symptoms and natural treatments for gingivitis in dogs.
What causes gingivitis in dogs?
Gingivitis in dogs is often caused by bacteria. Excessive build-up of plaque and tartar provide the ideal breeding ground for harmful bacteria. If these bacteria are not removed, they lead to inflammation of the gums. However, there are other factors that can contribute to the development of gingivitis:
- Poor diet: An unbalanced diet can weaken the dog’s immune system and increase its susceptibility to gingivitis. Dry food is not part of a healthy diet.
- Injuries or foreign objects: Gum inflammation can also be triggered by injuries or foreign objects getting between the teeth.
- Genetics: Some breeds are more prone to gum problems than others. Small breeds are more prone to developing gingivitis because they have too close a tooth space due to breeding. This is not what nature intended.
Symptoms of gingivitis in dogs
It is important to recognise the symptoms of gingivitis in dogs, as untreated inflammation can lead to more serious problems. Common signs include:
- Redness and swelling of the gums
- Bad breath
- Tartar formation
- Tooth loss
- Irritability or pain when touching the mouth
The dangers of untreated gingivitis
If gingivitis is not treated, the harmful bacteria can enter the bloodstream and spread throughout the dog’s body. This can lead to serious health problems, including:
- Heart problems: Bacteria that travel through the body can infect the heart and lead to life-threatening conditions.
- Kidney and liver problems: The spread of bacteria can also damage the kidneys and liver, leading to organ failure.
- Worsening of other conditions: If the dog is already suffering from other health problems, untreated gingivitis can make them worse.
Natural treatment for gingivitis in dogs
The good news is that gingivitis in dogs can often be treated naturally without resorting to chemical remedies. Antibacterial herbs can be an effective solution to fight harmful bacteria and relieve inflammation.
An easy way to support your dog’s dental health is to add DOG FIT by PreThis® FRESH to their diet. This natural supplement contains 16 antibacterial herbs that help reduce gingivitis and promote oral health in dogs. As it is ingested with food, it also tackles bacterial foci in the body. A welcome added benefit: The herbs harmonise digestion, especially in cases of flatulence.
In combination with a balanced diet and regular dental hygiene with species-appropriate chewing material (so-called Dentasticks are not chewing material – pay attention to the declaration!), DOG FIT by PreThis® FRESH can help to fight the dog’s gingivitis and support its general health. If the dog also suffers from tartar, then the combination with DOG FIT by PreThis®WHITE dental plus is recommended. Both preparations can also be found in the shop in an affordable Dental Care Set for Dogs. After all, healthy oral health is crucial for the well-being and quality of life of our beloved four-legged friends.
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