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Kibble and canned dog food rottens your dog's mouth if not looked after!
GSD Mouth Care
To the uninformed the above may sound odd, but really, if you don't regularly clean your dog's mouth the right way then you risk unnecessary infections and pain for your German Shepherd. Also note that mouth infections are being constantly ingested by your dog, leading to seemingly unrelated illnesses down the line!
For the modern-lifestyle GSD the right dental care and gum care is crucial, and it can add healthy years to your dog's life.
This MYGERMANSHEPHERD PERIODICAL shows how to easily keep your dog's mouth healthy - and to enjoy pleasant kisses too.
- Risks of poor mouth hygiene
- Signs of poor dental care
- The right GSD mouth care
- Other important points
Risks of poor mouth hygiene
By their nature, German Shepherds would heavily tear apart large chunks of meat into smaller ones, gnaw on bones, tree trunks and branches, eat vegetables like sweet potatoes and carrots, and chew on wild grasses. This type of diet has a significant cleaning effect on the dog's teeth and gums.
The majority of German Shepherds in the world however are fed kibble and canned dog food: 84% among our subscribers! Usually supplemented by the odd piece of filet-style meat and commercial dog treats. This type of diet indeed involves a high risk of dental and gum disease.
To provide a basic understanding of WHY dental and gum care is important for the modern-lifestyle GSD, we can survey a few dental and gum problems that may occur as a result of poor mouth hygiene.
Plaque and Tartar
With every meal and treat your German Shepherd eats (especially if it's sweet), plaque starts to build up as a film on the teeth and along the gum line. When this plaque mixes with saliva and bacteria in the mouth it turns into tartar. Tartar can be easily identified as a yellow brown substance on the teeth and along the gum-line (see the image).
If not removed regularly and completely, the tartar hardens and encapsulates many bacteria, which can then underneath freely attack teeth and gums, permanently settle in tooth gaps and gum pockets, and savage any wounds in the mouth!
If you don't brush your German Shepherd's teeth regularly and the right way (see below) then food particles and residue start to accumulate between and behind the teeth and in gum pockets. This provides bacteria a good habitat to live in and multiply, causing Gingivitis or inflammation of the gums.
If left untreated Gingivitis can lead to Periodontitis, which is an infection and inflammation of the ligaments and roots of the teeth. This means these infections are hidden from you, you cannot see them although they may cause significant pain to your GSD.
As explained in prior Periodicals, pain in dogs is a typical (but regularly overlooked) cause for behavioral issues, all the way up to and including dog aggression and dog biting!
German Shepherds will not normally show their pain through constant whining and retreating to their den, like most other dog breeds do. Nonetheless, if the pain is too much or for too long, they too need a negative energy release. These are the reasons why you hear of GSD owners complaining that their dog 'suddenly' became aggressive or even bit. Aggression and biting releases negative energy.
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