Did you know that cleaning your dog’s teeth and keeping their oral hygiene on top, helps prolongs your dog’s life?
Dogs love to play and have lots of fun; it’s their nature anyway. They could be the first to welcome you after a long day outdoors, and the excitement with which they do it is unmatched.
As loyal friends, they also enjoy easing our loneliness, providing companionship, and so much more.
But dogs need care too, especially when it comes to their teeth!
As a loving pet parent, you wouldn’t like to see your canine friend suffer from severe pain in their mouth. Neither would you want to see them lose their appetite. But these are some of the effects of gum disease; hence cleaning your dog’s teeth regularly; is almost mandatory.
Fortunately, it doesn’t have to take up so much time, and you can think of it as another opportunity to show them how much they mean to you.
As pet owners ourselves, we’ve carefully put together 6 tips on how you can enjoy caring for your dog’s oral health all year round, even on your busiest days.
1. Get Your Dog Comfortable With You Touching Their Mouth
To do this, keep in mind that you’ll need to be very gentle and steady with your dog, because they might be feeling pain already. Think of what you can do to help your dog relax. You can also try to hand-feed him some of his favorite treats to help him gain your trust.
With time they will get more comfortable with you checking their mouth for traces of gum diseases. While making it much easier for you to brush his teeth.
The earlier you start with this the better, but that doesn’t mean it’s too late if you have an old dog.
Remember that your dog needs to be fit enough to enjoy the night walks with you, play fetch, chase the prey and engage in other fun activities you enjoy together.
2. Brush Your Dog’s Teeth With The Right Toothpaste
If you’re wondering; “how can I get plaque off my dog’s teeth from the comfort of my home?”
For fresh dog breath, you’ll need a toothbrush and toothpaste to start with.
But not just any dog toothpaste or toothbrush will be good enough for cleaning your dog’s teeth. You should never use human toothpaste on your dog. Neither should you use your spare toothbrush, because they are still not the right tools.
For your dog’s toothbrush, it needs to have finger coverings with short rubber bristles to help your fingers glide freely; while brushing their teeth.
Some other toothbrushes for dogs have bristles found at the end of the plastic (like you’ll find in human brushes). This design is more ideal for dogs that have smaller mouths.
Preferably, you can get a full cleaning dental kit. It usually comes with a toothbrush, a dental gel, and a water additive.
A full cleaning dental kit; is also ideal for your dog if they react negatively to odor and taste; since it’s completely odorless and tasteless.
How to brush:
- Apply some toothpaste to the bristle of the toothbrush
- Lift the upper lip with your hand and hold the head still
- Begin at the front of your pet’s mouth
- Work your way back, brushing in soft circles while you gently scrub off plaque and tartar
- Finish of with his favorite treat or preferably a chew treat
3. Easy Additives To Your Dog’s Diet
What are you feeding your dog? Maybe it’s time to review it.
This option will make it so much easier to clean your dog’s teeth without brushing them every day!
Let’s talk food and water additives:
- Dental sprinkle for your dog’s food can be an easy way to keep your dog’s teeth clean. Sprinkle on top of each meal, lightly covering you pet’s food. Make sure to get a veterinarian-approved sprinkle and this non-abrasive powder will fight plaque and supports healthy gums.
- Water additives, is an easy way to keep you dog’s breath some smelling. Ad a little of this to your dog’s water and that’s it! Easy Peasy.
We all know what a healthy and balanced diet can do for our bodies; put your dog on a great diet plan, and you’ll be amazed at the outcome. A happy and healthy dog is always what we strive for!
A healthy diet should contain enough meat with few grains and corn. This will boost the immune system of your dog, fight off bacteria, and keep the gums clean.
4. Treats That Keep Your Dog’s Teeth Clean
And now to the EASIEST OPTION! Give your pup a delicious and healthy chew treat that will clean your dog’s teeth in a yummy way.
Instead of giving your pup bones that could damage its teeth, consider getting chew treats/toys. They relieve stress and anxiety in dogs, prevent destructive chewing, improve their mental stimulation and do so much more.
Furthermore, chew treats will remove plaque and tartar from your dog’s teeth, clean areas that are difficult to reach, and your dog will enjoy nibbling on them.
Healthy treats like dental chew snacks are designed to help your dog maintain its oral health, and it’s recommended for senior dogs as well.
5. Keep An Eye On Your Dog’s Teeth And Gums
After cleaning your dog’s teeth as described, you need to stay attentive. Once in a while, check their teeth and gums for traces of gum disease.
If you’re using the full cleaning dental kit at least a few times a week (preferably every day), reviewed your pet’s diet, and got him to chew treats, your dog’s teeth are most likely PAW’FECT!
But, keep an eye out for the following symptoms:
- Regular gum bleeding
- Deteriorating breath odor
- Frequent loss of appetite
- Brown stains on your senior dog’s teeth
- Gum swelling
- Aggressive reactions when there’s contact around its mouth
6. Get Professional Cleaning From Your Vet
Last but definitely not least, get yearly dental check at your vet.
To ensure sustainable fresh dog breath, your best bet would be to schedule a thorough dental cleaning at the vet.
Some of you senior dog parents might not be so enthusiastic about this option, because it means your furry friend will be put under anesthesia while the deep cleaning is ongoing.
Although anesthesia could come with risk like any other procedure, bear in mind, that modern vet practices have improved drastically.
More so, you can minimize risks by ensuring your vet doctor has the complete medical history of your dog. And fill your vet in on the medications your dog has been on(if any). We also advise you to get a blood test before cleaning your dog’s teeth, to be sure that the liver and kidney levels are good.
Furthermore, openly express your uneasiness with anesthesia to your vet and give them a chance to explain what the procedure will entail.
Since cleaning your dog’s teeth can improve their overall health and prolong their life, you shouldn’t delay getting them the right tools and treats.
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