Dog Dental Care Tips – Clean Your Dogs Teeth At Home

Your dogs oral hygiene is very important for them to live a all around healthy life. It may go unnoticed to most dog owners when your pooch may have unhealthy teeth. It all starts with your dogs breath, if it is so bad that it makes you gag, this is a sign that you should look into turning your dogs oral hygiene around. Visiting a vet is always recommended. Most owners just think that dogs have bad breath and that is normal, but this is a sign that your dogs oral hygiene is worsening. Here are some dental care tips for puppies and dogs.

1. Visit Your Vet For Teeth Cleaning

First you want to see your Vet for professional guidance and advise for what will be best for your dogs individual needs. Visiting the vet yearly or semiannual for teeth cleaning is a smart idea. A teeth cleaning performed by your vet is the best and really only way to remove tartar build up. Just like you would go to your dentist to give your teeth a clean, you should make the time to take your dog to visit the vets as well.

2. Brushing Your Dogs Teeth

Smaller dogs and toy breeds require more cleaning then other dog breeds. for good oral health it is recommended to brush their teeth daily if you can. Brushing your dogs teeth helps to remove plaque and slow the development of tartar. But if you have never brushed your dogs teeth before it is important to slowly introduce the process. You can use dog toothpastes and use a finger brush, slowly begin by touching your dogs teeth. As they get more accustomed to you touching their mouth the process should get easier and more pleasant for them. If you want to try brushing your dogs teeth, try these simple steps.

  • Use a specifically designed dog tooth brush or visit your vet for recommendations.
  • Avoid using human tooth paste and get a pet-safe tooth paste
  • Give your dog a small sample of the toothpaste to introduce it to them
  • Get in around your dogs gums by lifting their lips.
  • Brush with gentle motions to clean their teeth
  • You will only be able to really clean the front of their teeth as most dogs will not let you clean the inside of their teeth
  • Make sure to brush their back upper molars and canines, as these are the teeth that are more likely to build up tartar.
  • Reward you pooch for being a good dog which some positively reinforce

3. Proper Diet and Dog Dental Treats

What food your dog eats effects their smile and oral health. Talk to your veterinarian about a diet that will keep your dog’s teeth in good shape. Here at Delicate Care™ our range is scientifically formulated to bring out their best, no matter what your dog’s life stage, allergies or condition.

We have a Delicate Care™ Dental Diet for Dogs which is specially formulated to provide complete and balanced nutrition for adult dogs while at the same time promoting dental health. Delicate Care™ Dental Diet for Dogs is a limited ingredient diet, making it ideal for dogs that suffer from skin sensitivities. It is a perfect complement to the dental management plan prescribed by your Veterinarian and is suitable for lifelong use.

Along with a diet that is endorsed by vets like Delicate Care you want to give your dog Dental Treats too. Such treats are tasty so your dog will enjoy them, while supporting dental hygiene and the benefits of a fresher breath. Our Delicate CareTM Hypoallergenic Dental Treats are scientifically formulated for maximum dental benefit.

The shape and size of these treats help to provide optimum mechanical action to assist in the cleaning of teeth, the treat itself, contains Sodium HMP to help reduce tartar build-up, Yucca and Parsley to assist in breath and odour control and our unique BioDentalTM Blend, contains organic acids that are anti-bacterial and anti-biofilm.

Whatever you decide to do to keep your dogs dental hygiene in good health. Always visit your vet for their professional opinion.

8 Feeding Tips To Keep Your Dog At A Healthy Weight

Making sure that your dog stays at a healthy weight is ideal for their quality of life and is a great way to point them in the right direction to fight against the possibility of associated conditions with obesity. If you overfeed your pooch, with good intentions, you are loving them. However if you dog becomes overweight this can reduce their years here with us. Here are some feeding tips to ensure you are doing the right thing to help them stay fit and well.

1. Visit Your Vet To Find Out Your Dogs Healthy Weight Range

First you want to figure out what a healthy weight really means for your dog. We recommend that you visit your vet. If you have concerns that your dog might becoming overweight or you just want to make sure your pooch is at a healthy weight. A vet will be able to tell you the most appropriate weight for your dog according to their breed, gender, age and some other factors.

2. Controlled Feeding

Free-feeding your dog is something you should reduce and instead try and control feed your pooch. Depending on your dogs age and breed with some other factors your dog has different nutrition demands. But your pup instinctively will want to gobble up all the food it can, in most cases. Controlling how much they eat is crucial in keeping them at a optimal weight. Try not to leave your dogs food out, when they are bored they will just eat.

With a controlled feeding regime dogs are given an exact amount of food every day based on their weight and nutritional needs. If you are unsure how much your dog should be eating it is best to visit your vet. However for puppies your can reference this article on how to feed your puppy. In most cases you can follow the recommendations on the dog food label.

3. Skip Feeding Them Table Food

You should try your best to stop feeding your dog human food. A diet of regularly feeding your dog human food can be rather bad for your pooch in the long run. Some human food is not safe for dogs to eat at all. Dog food is nutritionally balanced for dogs when human food isn’t as much. If you want to share your love for your dog with some snacks from the table it should only really be done as a rarity. But make sure that what you feed your dog is not harmful for their health.

4. Weigh Your Dog Regularly

To ensure your dog is at a healthy weight and continues to stay there. Make it a habit to weigh your dog on a regular basis. To keep on top of any weight changes. If you dogs weight makes a big jump you want to keep track so you can visit your vet if you feel your dog is becoming overweight.

5. Go Easy On The Treats

With dogs just like humans treats should be only consumed occasionally. You don’t want your dog to have more then 10% of their total calorie intake coming from treats. Just because your dog does something good, there is no need to reward them with a treat. Make it more unpredictable for them. When you do give them a treat try something that is multi-purpose like our Dental Treats. They are a tasty treats but also support dental hygiene and give them the benefits of fresher breath.

6. Use Food Puzzles

Food Puzzles are a great way to slow your dog down if they are fast eaters. They work well at managing your dogs weight as they reduce how fast they can eat their food. When dogs are given their food in a bowl it is not very exciting for them. Instead using a food puzzle, which is a toy that dispenses treats or food while stimulating your dog’s brain. This stimulation can reduce the risk of obesity that a dog may experience from getting bored just eating food straight form a bowl.

7. Get Active With Your Dog

Just like we should exercise and keep active to maintain our weight so should your dog. Make sure to make it a habit to have some play time with your pooch. Weather you go for a run or walk. Getting out side and moving is one of the best ways to keep your dog at a healthy weight.

8. Feed Your Dog A Nutritious Diet

Finally one of the most important ways to keep your dog at a healthy weight is to feed them nutritious dog food that is perfect for there age range and energy needs.

If you have a puppy you should be feeding them a diet with peak nutritional benefits for optimum growth. Our Delicate Care™ Puppy Food has been especially formulated by leading Australian Food Technologists and Nutritionists, using premium Australian ingredients combined with the most up-to-date nutritional knowledge. It is the perfect choice to give puppies a good head start in life, balancing nutrition, energy and calcium levels.

For adult dogs you want a nutritious, palatable and sustainable complete and balanced diet. The Delicate Care™ Adult Dog Food also includes functional nutrients and natural antioxidants from fruit and vegetables to keep your dog in peak condition and prepare your dog with the best foundation for their senior years.

If you have a adult or senior dog that needs to manage their weight. Delicate Care™ Weight Management Dog Food offers complete and balanced nutrition delivered through a lighter caloric load, to make it the perfect choice.

Making sure your dog gets the right nutrients to support their lifestyle is very important for maintaining a healthy weight. If you are in Australia and want to find out more about where you can find the Delicate Care Range check out our stockist page to see where you can buy.

How To Feed Your Puppy

When you get a little puppy for the first time it is very exciting. Although it is fun having a new family member it can be a little stressful if you are not sure how to feed your puppy properly. Today we are going to talk about a few basic tips, discovering how much to feed your pup, the times to feed and when/how to switch over from puppy food to adult dog food.

Remember it is best to always consult with your vet about proper quantities and getting the best advice when it comes to feeding your puppy. But have in mind that they have little tummies and benefit from eating smaller quantities of food at more times throughout the day.

As your puppy gets older then you can reduce the quantity and times you feed them everyday to 2 meals depending on what works for you and your dog.

How Much To Feed A Puppy By Weight

Remember that the quantities fed to your dog can be adjusted depending on your Veterinarian’s recommendation or your dog’s condition and activity level. This information is provided as a guide while eating Delicate Care All Breeds Puppy Food and is based on energy requirements for growth. Pregnant and lactating dogs can be fed “ad libitum”. Also below we have indicated when to switch your puppy to dog food based on their weight.

Dogs 5Kg and under who are 3 months weaning should try and get 55 to 75 grams per day. Also dogs who are 3 to 6 months weaning should aim for 85 grams per day. From 6 months onward at 5Kg and under they should transition to Adult food.

Small Dogs 5Kg to 10Kg – who are 3 months weaning should get 110 to 140 grams per day. Dogs who are 3 to 6 months weaning then 150 to 160 grams per day, 6 to 9 months weaning 160 grams per day. Then from 9 months after weaning small dogs between 5Kg and 10Kg can go on Adult food.

Medium Dogs 10Kg to 25Kg – within 3 months after weaning should get 210 to 250 grams per day. 270 to 310 grams per day when 3 to 6 months weaning and for 6 to 9 months after weaning 310 grams per day is ideal. Then to adult food after this period.

Large Dogs 25Kg to 50kg – should try and get 330 to 440 grams within 3 months after weaning. Then from 3 to 6 months after weaning, 500 to 550 grams. 550 grams from 6 to 9 months, from 9 to 12 months your dog should aim for 550 to 560 grams per day. When your dog reaches 12 to 18 months after weaning then 520 to 550 grams per day. From 18 months onward, Adult food.

Giant Dogs 50kg and over – 430 to 600 grams per day within 3 months after weaning. Between 3 to 6 months after weaning 700 to 800 grams per day. 800 grams from 6 to 9 months and 9 to 12 months. 12 to 18 months after weaning, 790 to 850 grams per day. When your dog reaches 18 to 24 months after weaning then you are looking at 850 grams. After 24 months your dog should be transitioning over to Adult food.

Here is a more visual look at this guide :

Size of Adult DogWeaning – 3 monthsgrams/day3-6 monthsgrams/day6-9 monthsgrams/day9-12 monthsgrams/day12-18 monthsgrams/day18-24 monthsgrams/day24 monthsgrams/day
Toy < 5kg55 – 7585AdultAdultAdultAdultAdult
Small 5-10kg110 – 140150 – 160160AdultAdultAdultAdult
Medium 10-25kg210 – 250270 – 310310AdultAdultAdultAdult
Large 25-50kg330 – 440500 – 550550550 – 560520 – 550AdultAdult
Giant > 50kg430 – 600700 – 800800800790 – 850850Adult

Puppy Feeding Times

Now that you have a understanding for how much to feed your puppy. How many meals can your puppy have at each of their ages cycles?

2-3 Months – 4 Meals/Day

When your is young let them graze at food or give them 4 meals per day. You can use part of their daily portion to potty train and socialise them. Every time he/she encounters a new thing, pair it with food to create a positive association. Also use your puppies food as a reward for doing the right thing during training.

4-6 Months – 3 Meals/Day

Now that your pup is getting bigger we can now divide their daily portion into 3 meals per day. The socialisation period will start by this time. You can continue working on it as a part of this daily portion. This is the period where you may want to start teaching your dog basic manners, like sitting politely to eat.

6 Month and Onward – 2 Meals/Day

From 6 months onward your dog can now eat 2 meals per day. You may want to get interactive dog toys and slow feeding bowls to enrich your dogs life.

Avoid Tummy Upsets

When you bring your puppy home for the first time it is important to make sure the journey to their new home is as stress free as possible. To avoid any gastrointestinal upset take note what your puppy was eating before hand. And if you choose to make a transition to another food make it a slow and gradual transition. We recommend that you allow 7-10 days for transition. Introduce Delicate Care Dog Food slowly by mixing with your dog’s previous food, and gradually increase the amount of Delicate Care Dog Food until you are feeding this exclusively. This gradual transition will reduce the chance of stomach upsets.

Other Puppy Feeding Tips

  • Make sure to pick a good spot for your puppy to eat. Place the food and water bowl some place where he/she won’t be bothered by activity, with a clean floor is ideal.
  • Remove the bowl after it has been available for 30 minutes. This will prevent overfeeding, puppies shouldn’t be able to snack like humans.
  • Make sure to regularly wash your puppies food and water bowls. If they are made of plastic than they should be replaced from time to time.

What Should I Feed My Puppy?

You want to feed your puppy food that promotes optimum brain development. The neural development of growing puppies if important, it should support their cognitive and learning function, and improving trainability.

Immune support through a optimised blend of prebiotics can help against pathogenic bacteria and other common pathogens in your dog. Resulting in a healthy gastrointestinal tract.

Food that provides energy for your puppy to grow and promoting lean muscle development. Gluten free for stomachs sensitive to wheat glutens. The Delicate Care Puppy Food provides all these benefits and much more. You can find out more about our Puppy Food here.