The teeth of our lovable canine companions are generally resistant to cavities—but that doesn’t mean that you can afford to be lax when it comes to the dental hygiene of your pet dog. Neglecting your dog’s oral care may lead to tooth decay, tartar build-up, and gingivitis. When these oral problems develop, your dog has an increased risk of kidney disease.
Fortunately, you can help your dog maintain strong and healthy teeth by taking your furry friend to see us at Anne Nelson Vets. Dental services can easily be included in a pet health plan making it easy to come in for regular dental checks for your dog.
Of course, good dental hygiene starts at home. Aside from taking your dog to the vet, you should also start implementing the following in your dog’s routine:
Establish Brushing Time
It can be a little difficult to train an adult dog to sit still long enough for you to brush his or her teeth. As such, you may want to establish a routine. Take your dog for some exercise about an hour before you want to brush his or her teeth. Tiring your dog out should help keep him still and more receptive to the movements of the toothbrush.
Use the Right Toothpaste
Never use your personal tube of toothpaste when brushing your dog’s teeth. Human toothpaste contains fluoride, a substance that is toxic to canines. Your Vet should be able to provide you with more suitable toothpaste or at least provide you with a shortlist of toothpaste brands for you to look for at your local pet store.
Buy a Synthetic Chew Toy
If you often serve your dog soft food, there is a good chance that food debris will get caught between their teeth. To remedy this, especially if you’ve already brushed your dog’s teeth, is to give your dog a synthetic bone or chew toy after eating. Chewing on these toys help dislodge and wash away food debris. You may also want to shift to serving your dog crunchy kibble instead of soft food.
7 Tips for Keeping Your Dog’s Teeth Sparkling and Healthy, thehonestkitchen.com
How to clean your dog’s teeth, cesarsway.com