Blog posts for March 2018

 

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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How to manage fussy dogs at mealtime

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Most dogs have a very hearty appetite and aren’t usually known for shying away from food. However, in some cases you may find your dog has suddenly become disinterested in their usual food or has started picking at their meals.

Most dogs have a very hearty appetite and aren’t usually known for shying away from food. However, in some cases you may find your dog has suddenly become disinterested in their usual food or has started picking at their meals. Some dogs are simply born fussy eaters, but other times you may notice your once greedy dog has all of a sudden decided they’ve had enough of what you’re feeding them. Typically, this behaviour is nothing to stress over but it is good to familiarise yourself with some tips to try to snap them out of their picky eating habits.

Why are they suddenly off their food?

Palatability is one of the deciding factors in whether or not your dog will eat the food you provide. Smell, texture and taste can all influence your dog’s palate. When looking for the right food for your pet, it is important that they enjoy the product, but it is even more important that they are getting the best possible nutrition from a complete and balanced diet. We’ve reformulated our recipe to make sure more dogs enjoy the taste of our dry food by using high quality ingredients and a precise manufacturing process. We’ve also made improvements to the overall appearance of our kibble by using a new milling process that now gives our kibble a much smoother, premium finish.

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Some dogs are fussier than others

If you have a dog that seems a bit precious about what they eat, it may be to do with their breed. While Labradors are one of the few breeds that have a reputation for eating anything they can fit in their mouths, some smaller breeds have a much more refined palette. Generally, a dry food that many dogs are happy to eat won’t entice other dogs. To give these fussy eaters the nutrition they need, a mix of textures and aromas may help.

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Try a mixed feeding approach

Wet and dry food both have their benefits. If your fussy dog is fed an exclusively dry diet, you may want to give mixed feeding a go. Some new aromas and a variety of textures can be just what it takes to kick-start their appetite, so switching between wet and dry can be something to try. Wet food gives off an increased aroma, so this can help lure pickier dogs to their food bowls. On top of that, if you’re at all concerned about their water intake, wet food can also give your dog an added hydration boost thanks to its higher moisture levels.

When to take it seriously

If you’ve always known your dog to be fussy, it may not be cause for concern. On the other hand, if your once greedy dog has suddenly stopped eating and can’t be tempted by any type of food, it’s best to head straight to the vet to rule out anything serious. Remember that while dogs can be fussy, they will very rarely choose to go hungry. Some more serious health issues can first show up as a loss of appetite or weight loss, so while it may just be your dog being picky, it’s best to be on the safe side.

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How omega oils help improve a dog's coat

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We all know you shouldn’t judge a book by its cover, but that’s not always the case when it comes to the health and appearance of your pet’s coat.

We all know you shouldn’t judge a book by its cover, but that’s not always the case when it comes to the health and appearance of your pet’s coat. If you’re finding the quality of your dog’s coat is looking a little worse for wear, it could be an indication of their overall health and might be time to look a little closer into their diet.

They are what they eat

Generally, a poor-quality coat and dry, flaky skin could mean a lack of the right kind of nutrition. Fats play an essential role in a dog’s diet, to not only support their overall coat and skin health, but to also keep them healthy on the inside. Oils that are rich in essential fatty acids help give your dog’s coat a glossy finish, whereas a healthy intake of amino acids, vitamins and minerals help to nourish their skin. It’s important to know that these fatty acids work together in your dog’s diet to help control inflammation and the combined intake of these nutrients help create a healthier regeneration of skin and hair cells. While it’s true a lack of these fatty acids can affect the overall quality of your dog’s coat, there are super-premium dog foods that can help get these into your dog’s diet.

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The benefits of omega 3 and 6

Omega 6 fatty acids work to replace the oils in your dog’s skin for a glossy sheen to their fur. Therefore, a lack of omega 6 in their diet could be the reason you may be noticing dullness in your dog’s coat. Omega 3 also has anti-inflammatory properties that can help reduce the redness and flaking of skin issues. This means that to get the shiniest results in your dog’s coat, you’ll want to choose a diet that includes the right amounts of omega 6 and omega 3, to help promote a lush coat and support your dog’s overall skin health.

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How Eukanuba™ can help

If you want your dog’s skin and coat to shine, it's good to remember that the quality of their coat starts from the inside out. The right diet will not only keep your dog feeling great, it can help balance their natural oil levels to keep their fur looking its best. Eukanuba™ knows a healthy coat is a sign of a healthy dog, which is why our range is made using high quality animal protein that is packed with these essential fatty acids. If you’re ever unsure about what food is best for your dog, always consult your vet or you can chat with our pet nutrition advice team on 1300 657 021.

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