Small breed dogs often have problems with oral hygiene, plaque and tartar, which can cause gum disease. Switching your dog to a veterinary food may help to prevent this. Royal Canin Veterinary Diet – Dental Special Small Dog is a dietetic complete dry kibble designed especially for dogs aged 6 months and above (and weighing up to 10kg). This dry food is designed to improve mouth hygiene and inhibit the formation of plaque and tartar. The special shape and texture of the kibble promotes mechanical cleaning of the teeth through chewing. Calcium catching mechanisms in the kibble texture also help to combat tartar build-up. Feeding this food to your dog can also help to stop it suffering from bad breath. As small dogs also often suffer from problems with their skin and coat, this food contains an additional patented complex that helps to boost the skin’s barrier function. Recommended for (indications): Combat bad breath Daily mouth and dental hygiene for dogs weighing less than 10kg Inhibits the growth of plaque and tartar Not recommended for (contraindications): Cardiac insufficiency Hyperlipidemia Pancreatitis Puppies and growing dogs Key benefits: Brushing effect: The shape, texture and size of the kibble can help to mechanically clean your dog’s teeth. Fights tartar: Calcium catchers help to combat tartar build up. Skin protection: A patented nutrient complex helps to strengthen the skin’s barrier effect. Urine dilution: Increased urine volume helps to prevent the growth of struvite and calcium oxalate stones. Further information: You should start a good oral hygiene programme when your dog is aged 6-7 months. At this age, the growth phase of small dogs is almost complete.