4 reasons why your dog could be your greatest personal trainer

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Are you keen to increase your fitness but finding it hard to get motivated? Dogs can be great training partners, not only because they are always eager to get out of the house for a walk, but they’ll also keep you company and make exercise feel less like a chore.

Are you keen to increase your fitness but finding it hard to get motivated? Dogs can be great training partners, not only because they are always eager to get out of the house for a walk, but they’ll also keep you company and make exercise feel less like a chore.

Your dog needs exercise too

Not only do we need regular physical exercise to keep our body and mind healthy, but our dogs do too. Getting active outdoors with your dog allows them to experience new sights and sounds but is also a great way for them to socialise with other dogs to build up their confidence. A brisk walk around the block is usually enough to get the job done but there’s plenty more you can do together if you want to up the ante. Walking, running or even joining you alongside a bike ride are great ways for both of you to stretch out your muscles and keep you both in great shape. Plus, a dog that burns loads of energy will be much better behaved inside the home.

Your best motivator

Every dog loves a good walk and likes to stick to a routine. So, when you're toying with the idea of flopping down on the couch at the end of the day, your personal trainer will be there to remind you that there's no couch-time until you've done a lap of the park. Setting up some exercise stations at the park or in your backyard is also a great way for you both to meet your daily exercise quota and exercises like burpees can be a lot more fun when you can incorporate a game of fetch in between. Even though your dog may not come with a whistle and a clipboard, they'll definitely help get you up and out there, even when you'd rather sink into the cushions and have a little nap

Make your workouts more enjoyable

Dogs build a special connection with their owners and love nothing more than being together and having a play. By including your dog in your fitness routine, you can not only build that special bond, but you can also take your workout to a whole new level - especially if your dog likes to run. It’s important to remember though to choose an activity that suits your dog’s age, fitness level and health. Some dogs may be more suited to a leisurely stroll while others may be full of energy and keen to join you on a 5km run. Check out your local dog friendly fun runs such as Parkrun or look into agility training – which can be a great work out for both you and your dog. No matter what kind of dog you have, there are plenty of different dog-friendly exercises that incorporate chasing, running and agility work that are not only fun, but can really help you to push yourself physically.

Workout buddy at home or away

Another big plus for training with your dog is that even on holidays they can be by your side. If you’re planning on heading away for a short trip, bring them along so you can spend some quality time together while out and about. Dogs give you plenty of activity options and are great hiking companions, so next time you’re off on an adventure and still want to enjoy your daily run, bring your best mate along too. Before you head off, have a read through our “Planning an adventure with your dog? 5 key things to prepare and pack” blog for some tips.

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Planning an adventure with your dog? 5 key things to prepare and pack

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Holidays usually mean leaving your dog behind at a boarding kennel or with a close friend to look after, but there’s no reason you can’t bring them along the next time you’re planning a short weekend away.

Holidays usually mean leaving your dog behind at a boarding kennel or with a close friend to look after, but there’s no reason you can’t bring them along the next time you’re planning a short weekend away. Getting out of the house for the weekend is a great way to spend some quality time with your dog and lets you experience plenty of new activities together.

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Check the rules

If you love the great outdoors, there’s really nothing better than bringing your dog along with you to explore all that nature has to offer. While there are plenty of beaches and camping spots that are dog-friendly, it’s important you check all the rules and do your research before you head out. You’ll be able to find this essential information on most local council websites or dog related forums. Some places may need you to keep your dog on a leash, while others may be a bit more relaxed. Hiking trails may also have restrictions on whether dogs are allowed in an effort to help protect the local fauna and flora, so make sure you do plenty of research before arriving to avoid disappointment.

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Be prepared and plan ahead

If your dog isn’t used to long hikes, it’s a good idea to start preparing them before you tackle it together for the first time. Even the most athletic dogs have their limits so mild training in the weeks leading up to your trip is important to help avoid any injuries. It’s also a good idea to check in with your vet before you take off to make sure your dog is up to date with all their vaccinations, has the appropriate parasite prevention and for any extra advice.

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Pack the essentials

It’s important you’re well prepared and pack all the essentials you’ll need if you’re planning a longer trip or overnight stay. Packing your own doggy travel kit means you’ll have everything you might need on hand and ready to go. Some essentials you should always make sure you have are: • Familiar bedding to keep them comfortable at night • Toys to keep them entertained • Extra treats • Towels • Plenty of food and water • Bags for toilet trips • Portable water bowl • Safe travel items (seatbelt, crate, harness) • Spare leash and collar • First aid kid

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Plenty of food and water

Long hikes can take it out of you and your dog, so it’s important you fuel their body with a high-quality diet to ensure they have sustained energy to last. Some feeding guides will cater for higher performance dogs, so it is good to check these when planning an adventure with your dog. Additionally, having plenty of fresh water is a must so it's worth adding a second reminder here to bring along a portable water bowl, so your dog can easily quench their thirst.

Stay safe

Whenever you take your dog on a hiking trip, remember to always keep an eye out for wildlife. Depending on the season, snakes and other dangerous animals can be out, so a small first aid kit is a must in case of emergencies. As an extra precaution before you go away, you could research veterinary clinics and emergency centres nearby. Remember that even a rough terrain or a burning, hot ground on a sunny day are enough to harm your dog, so be mindful of all potential hazards.

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5 benefits of bringing your dog to work

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A lot of us find it hard to establish a healthy balance between our work life and our home life. There are lots of businesses now looking for new ways to improve employee wellbeing and this has led to many offices and worksites becoming pet-friendly.

A lot of us find it hard to establish a healthy balance between our work life and our home life. There are lots of businesses now looking for new ways to improve employee wellbeing and this has led to many offices and worksites becoming pet-friendly. Dogs can help make almost any situation less stressful and help the workplace feel much more relaxed by boosting staff morale and creating a more positive work environment.

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Improve work relationships

As every dog owner knows, having a dog with you is a great conversation starter. People are always coming up to have a chat and give your dog a pat. This helps break the ice and brings people together, which is great way to help create a positive work environment. A healthy social atmosphere in the workplace leads to better teamwork and also encourages people to talk to others they wouldn’t usually thanks to your dog’s ice-breaking abilities.

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Reduce stress

Stress can contribute to employees getting sick, feeling overwhelmed and burning out. Having a dog by your side always makes you feel better, so it’s no surprise bringing them to work can help make a positive difference to your day. Dogs are great at providing comfort and can sense when they need to be there for you in difficult times. By making people feel more at ease, heavy workloads, deadlines and stressful work situations can start to feel less daunting and you start feeling more positive after getting a quick cuddle in with a dog.

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Boost morale

Having dogs in the workplace boosts morale, especially for those who are not lucky enough to have their own. Having a furry friend by your side encourages engagement between coworkers and can help people get to know each other much better, especially when you start sharing dog stories. Your workmates will be much more excited to spend their days at work knowing they can also enjoy the company of your dog at the same time and get in a few cuddles in between tasks. Work suddenly becomes a much more positive and enjoyable place to be when there’s a dog or two playing around and bringing people together.

Gets you outside

Long work hours mean finding the time to fit in a workout can sometimes seem impossible. It can even be a challenge to simply stand up and walk away from your desk. By bringing your dog to work, you will naturally get more steps and fresh air into your day when you take them for toilet trips. Getting outside, enjoying the sunshine and taking your dog for a quick walk around the block can do wonders for your working day.

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Your dog won’t get lonely

Bringing your dog with you to work doesn’t just benefit you and your coworkers, it also means your dog gets to spend more time with you, without having to be left at home. Dogs would much rather be in your company than stuck at home alone, plus it means if you have to stay later, you won’t have to worry about rushing home to feed them.

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5 reasons why your dog is your best friend

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There are many reasons why dogs have earned the title of “man’s best friend”. Not only are they always on call for cuddles, but they have a special way of turning bad days into good ones.

There are many reasons why dogs have earned the title of “man’s best friend”. Not only are they always on call for cuddles, but they have a special way of turning bad days into good ones. As dog owners, we can sometimes take their friendliness and loyalty for granted, so make sure you give as much love to your best friend as they do to you.

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They don’t judge you

No matter what you do in life, your dog won’t judge you for it. They’ll still love you unconditionally no matter what mood you’re in or even how much takeaway you order. If you enjoy spending all day on the couch or having some big nights out, your life decisions won’t stop your dog loving you any less.

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They’re always by your side

On top of keeping your secrets safe, your dog is one of the most loyal friends you’ll ever have. No matter how bad your day, your dog will always make an effort to lift your spirits to see you smile. Day or night, you can always count on your dog to comfort you and make you feel better.

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They’re great workout partners

Part of being a good pet owner includes making sure your dog is getting their daily dose of exercise. Walking your dog is one of the best ways to stay active, and better yet, running around and playing fetch with them means you’re both having fun while keeping fit. There are many other ways too that you and your dog can enjoy your time together and build a stronger bond. Take a trip to a dog-friendly beach, explore nature on a weekend hike or give an agility session a go and meet up with other dog owners. Before you work up a sweat, have a read through our “5 reasons why your dog could be your greatest personal trainer” blog for some tips on how your dog can help you get motivated.

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They’re always happy to see you

There’s nothing like coming home to see your dog wagging their tail and jumping up in excitement to see you. It’s a good feeling coming home and knowing you have been missed; it can be enough to turn a bad day into a good one.

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They’re happy to do what you want to do

We all have those friends who cancel on us last minute or aren’t interested in hanging out. Luckily, your dog is a live-in best friend who is always up for an adventure. If you just want to chill on the couch and watch movies, your dog will be more than happy to cuddle up next to you. If you fancy a long walk, your dog will be delighted to join you. No matter how you want to spend your day, you’ll never be alone with a dog by your side.

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What age do you transition your dog to senior dog food?

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As your dog ages, their nutritional needs begin to change. It can be tricky to figure out when it’s time to start switching your adult dog over to a senior diet, but by doing a small amount of research and checking in with your vet, you’ll be able to get a sense of when the time is right.

As your dog ages, their nutritional needs begin to change. It can be tricky to figure out when it’s time to start switching your adult dog over to a senior diet, but by doing a small amount of research and checking in with your vet, you’ll be able to get a sense of when the time is right.

Different dog's age at different rates

There are a number of different factors that can determine when a dog is classified as a ‘senior’. These can include breed, genetics, and lifestyle. For example, larger breeds typically cross over to having senior dietary needs earlier than smaller breeds, and dogs with more active lifestyles usually hold off the effects of ageing for longer. A giant breed dog can be classified as a senior from as early as five years of age, a large breed can be classified as a senior from six years, and small and medium breeds can be classified as a senior from seven years of age.

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Why should you feed your old dog a senior diet?

As your dog gets older they will most likely become less energetic and their metabolism will also begin to slow down. This is why super premium 'senior' diets like those from Eukanuba™ have a reduced number of calories in them to help keep their weight levels healthy. On top of a reduced need for energy, an older dog can also be more prone to developing other health concerns such as ageing joints and digestion issues. For this reason, every part of the Eukanuba™ Senior range includes omega fatty acids and calcium to support strong joints and bones, plus natural fibres and prebiotics to promote healthy digestion.

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Feed the extraordinary in your senior dog

The right nutrition can make a world of difference to your senior dog's quality of life and longevity. Remember that the ageing process for every dog differs and the best way to know what’s right for them is to check in with your vet.

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What nutrition does my puppy need?

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Every owner wants their puppy to start off on the best foot and one of the best ways to do this is to make sure they are fed well in the early stages of their lives. The first year of your puppy’s life is when they do most of their growing, and a diet packed full of the right nutrients can help support their development into adulthood.

Every owner wants their puppy to start off on the best foot and one of the best ways to do this is to make sure they are fed well in the early stages of their lives. The first year of your puppy’s life is when they do most of their growing, and a diet packed full of the right nutrients can help support their development into adulthood.

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Proteins

Ideally, every puppy’s diet should include high-quality proteins to help build their muscle mass. Proteins are the essential building blocks for muscle development but can also assist with developing a healthy skin and coat. The Eukanuba Puppy range is specially made with highly digestible animal proteins and high levels of DHA, essential for the growth of developing puppies so they can reach their full potential.

Fats

Fats are especially important in a puppy’s diet. Puppies need a balance of certain fatty acids such as omega 3 and omega 6, that not only help them absorb certain vitamins, but also promote healthy skin, a shiny coat and provide them with plenty of energy.

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Carbohydrates

Along with proteins and fats, carbohydrates are one of the three main nutrients a dog needs. Puppies are incredibly active and can be quite a handful. They need plenty of energy to help keep them going and carbohydrates are an excellent source of energy that can be accessed quickly.

Vitamins and Minerals

All dogs, and especially puppies, need certain vitamins and minerals to maintain their overall health and well-being. Minerals such as calcium, magnesium, potassium and iron help maintain bodily functions and prevent dietary deficiencies, while vitamin E helps support your puppy’s developing immune system and vitamin A helps to promote healthy skin and a shiny coat.

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Why nutrition is so important

Puppies experience a massive growth spurt from birth until they are around fifteen months old. In order to give them the best preparation for a healthy adult life, their diet needs to provide them with plenty of support during this important time. When it comes to choosing what to feed your puppy, you should consider choosing a high-quality diet that is formulated especially for what they need to pave the way to a healthy adulthood. The Eukanuba Puppy range is specially made for the needs of growing puppies by supporting the development of their bones and joints and most importantly, providing them with all the energy they need.

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What are the benefits of feeding Eukanuba Puppy Food?

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The first year of a puppy’s life is essential for their development into adulthood. When it comes to feeding your puppy, there are so many options available and it can be difficult trying to pick the right one for them. The best food for your puppy should of course include all the essential nutrients they need but it should also help them grow up to be healthy adult dogs. This is why the Eukanuba Puppy range is specially made to help puppy’s look and feel their best for years to come, providing complete and balanced nutrition using over 30 of the same nutrients as their mother’s milk.

The first year of a puppy’s life is essential for their development into adulthood. When it comes to feeding your puppy, there are so many options available and it can be difficult trying to pick the right one for them. The best food for your puppy should of course include all the essential nutrients they need but it should also help them grow up to be healthy adult dogs. This is why the Eukanuba Puppy range is specially made to help puppy’s look and feel their best for years to come, providing complete and balanced nutrition using over 30 of the same nutrients as their mother’s milk.

Benefits

Brain Development

DHA is a fatty acid that naturally occurs in a nursing dog’s milk and is essential to the growth and cognitive development of your puppy’s brain. It’s no secret puppies can be a handful to train and is why the Eukanuba Puppy range is specifically formulated with clinically proved DHA levels to support learning, for smarter, more trainable puppies.

Strong Immunity

Puppies have a developing immune system that need extra support to prevent them running the risk of illness. To provide immune protection while their system is still developing, the Eukanuba Puppy range includes antioxidants to give your puppy a solid foundation into a long, healthy life. Antioxidants help neutralise and disable free radicals, which are produced during a dog’s metabolism. Along with the essential antioxidants, the Eukanuba™ Puppy diets include added vitamin E, which particularly helps to improve immune function.

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Bone Growth

Every puppy grows at their own pace depending on their breed and genetic makeup. A larger breed, such as a Golden Retriever will grow much faster than a Chihuahua, so it’s important certain puppy diets cater for this rapid growth rate. A puppy’s bone and joint development needs optimal calcium levels suited to their size, and this is why the Eukanuba Puppy range is tailor-made for both small, medium and large breeds.

Gentle Digestion

While they are growing, puppies need to get a lot more energy from their diet than adult dogs do. However, because their mouths are much smaller with fewer teeth, they can find it hard to chew their food which, in turn, makes it harder for them to digest. This is why at Eukanuba™ we make our puppy diets highly digestible by using beet pulp as part of the formulation. This highly fermentable fibre source is an excellent way to promote proper digestion, gut health and improve stool quality.

Make them extraordinary by feeding them the best

Puppies have different nutritional needs than adult dogs. Therefore, it’s important that they are fed a high-quality diet so they can get the best start in life. One of the best ways to do this is to consider feeding your puppy a Eukanuba Puppy diet. It not only contains all the essential nutrients their bodies need as they grow, but also gives them the best foundation for a long, healthy life as an adult dog.

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How a high-performance dog food can make your dog more athletic

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For a lot of dogs, 'working' is chasing a ball, giving you a cuddle or barking when strangers come to the door, but some dogs take work to a whole new level. For dogs that spend most of the day on their feet in one form of work or another, a typical dog food won't give them enough nutritional support to let them do their job properly. Working dogs, and dogs that take part in other athletic activities need a diet with a high protein and fat content to help them sustain their energy levels for peak performance. If you have an athletic dog or a dog that needs to constantly be working at their best, a high-performance dog food can help them reach their full potential.

For a lot of dogs, 'working' is chasing a ball, giving you a cuddle or barking when strangers come to the door, but some dogs take work to a whole new level. For dogs that spend most of the day on their feet in one form of work or another, a typical dog food won't give them enough nutritional support to let them do their job properly. Working dogs, and dogs that take part in other athletic activities need a diet with a high protein and fat content to help them sustain their energy levels for peak performance. If you have an athletic dog or a dog that needs to constantly be working at their best, a high-performance dog food can help them reach their full potential.

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Protein

Athletic dogs need more than everyday nutrition and protein is essential to help them build and maintain muscle mass. When your dog exercises, their muscles break down protein much faster, so they need a diet that has a much higher protein content than regular dog food. The amino acids in protein also help to encourage muscle growth and recovery, which is why a high-performance diet can be incredibly beneficial for the wellbeing of athletic dogs. Eukanuba™ offer two Performance diets, our Premium Performance diet and Premium Sport diet. These diets are made of high levels of animal protein to help nourish exercising muscles and ensure that endurance levels rarely falter.

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Fat

Fat isn’t always bad and is one of the key components to keeping your athletic dog in top condition. High-quality animal fats are excellent sources of omega 6 and omega 3 fatty acids which help maintain the healthy function of muscle organs and promote strong joint tissues. Fat is also a very efficient energy source. If you want your dog to perform at their best, a diet high in fat, as well as protein, helps them sustain energy over long periods of time.

How else does a high-performance diet help?

A high-performance diet should also include plenty of carbohydrates, minerals, and vitamins to support their hardworking muscles and joints. The Eukanuba Premium Sports diet contains glucosamine and chondroitin sulfate to help maintain the health of their joints and also includes antioxidants to help promote strong natural defences. On top of this, the diet also features highly digestible carbohydrates that help support recovery time after strenuous activity.

A diet to help them perform their best

Dogs that need to perform at their best for work, sporting competitions or just to maintain their athleticism need an extra boost from their diet, which both the Eukanuba Premium Performance and Premium Sports diet can do. Containing the highest levels of protein and fat, feeding your dog a Eukanuba performance diet makes sure they reach their potential and are able to accomplish anything they set out to do.

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What's the difference between high-performance dog food and normal dog food?

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Understanding whether your dog needs to be fed a high-performance diet can be confusing at times. Working dogs need the added support and energy boost a performance diet can offer, however very active dogs can benefit from this too. The main differences between high-performance dog food and normal dog foods are the protein and fat levels, however, they also differ in how they benefit your dog.

Understanding whether your dog needs to be fed a high-performance diet can be confusing at times. Working dogs need the added support and energy boost a performance diet can offer, however very active dogs can benefit from this too. The main differences between high-performance dog food and normal dog foods are the protein and fat levels, however, they also differ in how they benefit your dog.

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What’s high-performance dog food?

A high-performance dog food is specially tailored for athletic and working dogs that need to be alert and active for long periods of time. These types of diets help build and maintain muscle mass, sustain energy and speed up recovery time after a hardworking day. These diets have a much higher protein and fat content than regular dog food in order to help working dogs get the best out of their nutrition. The Eukanuba™ Performance diets have been tailor-made by a team of vets, scientists and nutritionists to help keep dogs performing at their best. The Premium Sport and Premium Performance diets both contain optimal levels of protein and fat, and also include omega oils and calcium to maintain the health of their joints.

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How is normal dog food different?

Normal dog food provides optimal nutrition for regular dogs; dogs that spend their days running around the backyard and napping throughout the day. Of course, every dog is an individual and some dogs will require different things from a diet, but typically a normal dog food will help dogs look after common needs such as digestion, skin and dental health, rather than focusing mostly on energy levels and muscle repair.

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What’s best for your dog?

If you have a dog that exercises regularly, whether that’s for sport or as a working dog, it might be worth considering a high-performance dog food such as Eukanuba™'s Premium Performance or Premium Sport diet. Either of these diets will provide your dog with all the nutrients they need to perform at their best. A dog that isn’t exercising regularly or leads a more sedentary lifestyle doesn’t need the amount of calories found in a high-performance diet, so they should be kept on a diet that suits their individual needs to avoid the risk of weight gain. If you are uncertain about whether a high-performance dog food might be right for your dog, consider the number of hours they spend exercising each day and be sure to ask your vet for their recommendation before you switch their diet over.

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Tips for helping your dog’s dental health

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Brushing our teeth is part of our daily routine and it should also be part of your dog’s. What many dog owners don’t know is that on average, eight in ten dogs end up developing tartar issues by the age of three.

Brushing our teeth is part of our daily routine and it should also be part of your dog’s. What many dog owners don’t know is that on average, eight in ten dogs end up developing tartar issues by the age of three. Unsurprisingly, this could be because tartar and plaque is hard for pet owners to notice, so many don’t understand the possible damage it can cause. The good news is that it’s never too late to start prioritising your dog’s dental health by introducing preventative measures to their routine.

What is plaque and tartar?

Plaque is caused when salvia, food particles and bacteria bind together in your dog’s mouth. If this plaque is left untreated, it can turn into hard tartar that will start causing decay, gum disease and other nasty dental issues. Tartar that has built-up over time can only be removed by a vet, which is why it’s so important to take your dog’s oral hygiene seriously.

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Cleaning is best

The best way an owner can look after their dog’s teeth is to regularly brush them. If it isn’t already part of your dog’s regular routine, it is worth introducing a weekly brushing to their schedule to ensure their teeth are kept well-polished. You can either use your fingers or a toothbrush that is made especially for dogs, to do this. It is also very important to never use human toothpaste as it is toxic to dogs. Giving your dog’s teeth a good go-over at least twice a week can make a world of difference and it’s always good to make sure their gums also get some attention too as this is where plaque generally builds.

Diet that focuses on dental

Along with a balanced brushing routine, the other great way to make sure your dog’s dental health is well looked after is to feed them a diet that targets dental hygiene. Our newly improved Eukanuba™ recipe takes this into account with a new milling process that gives our S-shaped kibble a smoother, more premium finish. Our S-shaped kibble works as its own brushing technique while your dog chews to scrape away any plaque stuck on your their teeth. Eukanuba™ knows a dog’s dental health can impact their overall wellbeing and that’s why all our adult dry food diets contain our unique 3D DentaDefense. The 3D DentaDefense contains specialised minerals that work to stop tartar build up and help prevent plaque formation during and in between meals.

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Chat with your vet

If you’re finding it difficult to get your dog’s dental health under control or are at all concerned they may be having an issue with plaque or tartar build-up, it’s always a good idea to head to your vet for advice or you can give our pet nutrition advice team a call on 1300 657 021.

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