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Avoid fluoride in dog toothpastes, says vet

Wednesday, 31st October 2012

An increasing number of owners are recognising the oral health of their animals can't be ignored, and now vet Marc Abraham has issued advice for keeping your pooch's pearlies in pristine condition.

According to Dr Abraham, "there are many ways that owners can help to improve their dog's oral health", starting with regular health check-ups and tips from their vet.

He recommends owners opt for dog toothpaste that doesn't contain fluoride, as it can cause stomach upsets and discolour the enamel of your dog's teeth. [line break]

Pedigree Dentastix are recommended for oral care, as they are specially formulated to reduce plaque. 

Starting with a finger brush and then moving onto a proper dog toothbrush, start taking care of your canine's canines from as early an age as possible. Furthermore, it's an ideal opportunity to bond with your animal, with Dr Abraham suggesting the activity can even be fun rather than a chore.

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