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12 October 2016

The Importance of Dental Hygiene for Dogs

Spartan turns 5 this month and ever since the day we collected him from a small farm in Northamptonshire he has been a big part of our family. He has two walks every day, come rain or shine, to stay fit and healthy and he regularly travels with us when we go for breaks away or holidays - we have just returned from a long weekend in Norfolk where he joined us. He sneaks up the stairs most mornings to pounce on our king-size bed and he snuggles up on the sofa with us most evenings to watch a movie.

He is such a loving and funny ball of fluff and I can't imagine life without him now.

Apart from plenty of exercise and a good diet, dental hygiene is incredibly important when it comes to our pets. From running around with dirty balls and soggy sticks in his mouth to enjoying the occasional treat, we need to ensure his teeth are kept in tip top condition to prevent any discomfort or loss. 

Spartan has been putting a Pedigree dental care product to to the test over the past few weeks and he has really enjoyed doing so!

Everything Pedigree does is for the love of dogs. For them, dogs aren't just their job, they're their life. From dogs in their offices to volunteering and Feeding Brighter Futures, they're passionate about pets.

Their philosophy is to provide leading-edge nutrition that's affordable for everyone. And with over 80 years of experience making pet food, they’re rightly proud of their products. Pedigree’s dedication goes into every product they make, and they work hard to develop great quality, nutritious products that will help keep dogs of all breeds and ages happy and healthy.

Dentastix are designed to be chewed and with a gentle yet abrasive texture they help to reduce plaque and tartar by up to 80% while being only 82 calories per stick. They are also free from artificial colours and flavours, low in fat and have no added sugar for daily oral care and to minimise the risk of gum disease, which unfortunately as many as 4 out of 5 dogs suffer from.

As soon as I opened the box of 28 that we received, Spartan had his paw on my knee in anticipation - he was incredibly eager to get stuck in to both the chicken and beef varieties. It wasn't long until he had his head inside the box pulling one out to eat.

In only a few days there was a noticeable difference in the condition of his teeth. Pedigree is brand that we trust and will continue to use.

Dental Tips for Dogs

  • Provide your dog with plenty of toys to chew. Chewing burns calories and keeps them entertained while looking after their teeth
  • Ensure your pet has a constant supply of fresh water. If you're out during the day you can pick up a water dispenser quite cheaply
  • Offer your dog a mixture of dry and wet food - carrot is also a healthy treat which they can gnaw on
  • Make sure you clean your dog's food and drink bowls regularly to prevent bacteria/disease getting into their mouth
  • Get a toothbrush and veterinary toothpaste for your pet
  • Visit the vet at least once a year for a check up and ask them to inspect you pet's teeth
  • Teeth and gum problems can cause your dog unnecessary stress or pain which can lead to problems with their heart, liver or kidneys so keep an eye on their teeth for any obvious problems and seek assistance if required

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*“This post is a collaboration with Pedigree, but all thoughts are my own. For additional dental care information you can read the following Pedigree  Reviews article for tips and advice.*


  1. Nice Border Collie. They also tend to be good natured dogs.

    Rachel Craig

  2. I've tried giving my dog Dentastix (he's a Beagle), he actually ate it in one go, I don't think it touched his teeth, I do find he has to have a good chomp on big carrots though!

  3. Couldn't agree more, we have 3 dogs and I keep on top of their dental hygiene.

  4. Some really helpful tips here, thank you, and it's good to hear that Spartan took to the sticks so well.

  5. We give our dog carrots, great for his teeth and healthy too.x

  6. Our dogs love carrots. They like the dentastix but it affects their bowels!


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