When taking care of dogs, you might be too focused on finding them the right food and getting them proper exercise. While occupied with these things, you might overlook your furry pal’s need for dental dog care. Contrary to what most people think, it’s not natural for dogs to have bad breath. This is usually one of the first signs of dental disease.
So, what should you do now that your dog care involves looking after their dental health too? Here are five tips to pay attention to.
1. Brush Your Pup’s Teeth Regularly
Just like how you need to brush your teeth regularly to avoid plaque buildup, you should do the same for your dog. It might not have to be daily brushing, but the more you can do it, the lower the risk of a problematic buildup. Your pup might not like it and might even try to hide from it, but you can offer treats until they get trained for teeth brushing time.
Choose the right toothpaste for your pet. Don’t use human toothpaste because fluoride is toxic to dogs. There are more enticing kinds of pet toothpaste you can buy anyway, with interesting flavors of peanut butter or even chicken.
Look for a dog toothbrush that will be snug on your fingertip. If you’re not sure about what to buy, consult your vet for help.
2. Give Dental Treats
Pet stores usually carry dental treats for dogs that are designed to scrape some of the plaque buildups. They also contain a substance that can give your dog fresh breath and clean their mouth. Your dog will likely respond to the treats better than to their toothbrush.
3. Prepare Dog Tooth Wipes
If you want to change up a few things when it comes to dental dog care, you can use dog tooth wipes. You have to wipe these right on the dog’s teeth to remove plaque, but you might not reach some parts of your dog’s mouth, unlike a toothbrush. The tooth wipes, though, might make your dog feel like you’re giving them a break from the tooth brushing, especially if they’re still getting used to it.
4. Buy Chew Toys And Chew Bones
Dog chews are not only fun for dogs to play with, but they are also great for dental dog care. The act of chewing alone can help pups develop strong teeth and gums. Just take away any hard objects since these might damage your dog’s teeth.
Every time your dog gnaws on a bone or toy, it removes plaque from their teeth. Some dog chews also have enzymes that are good for dog dental health. If you’re concerned about weight management, you can also find low-calorie dog chews.
5. Invest In Professional Dog Teeth Cleaning
There are cases when the brushing, wiping, and chewing may no longer be enough to resolve your dog’s dental issues. Watch out for the following signs that should tell you to see a vet:
- Bad breath
- Excessive drooling
- Missing teeth
- Bleeding or swollen gums
- Constant pawing at the mouth or face
- Drastic changes in chewing or eating habits
- Tartar buildup along the dog’s gum line
- Crooked, misaligned, broken, or discolored teeth
- Foreign growths in the dog’s mouth
Even if your dog has healthy teeth, you still need to have your pet’s teeth checked by a vet every six to 12 months. Like humans, dental care may inconvenience you a bit, but regular checkups will prevent an even more severe and costly dog dental problem from happening. Take better care of your dog’s teeth and seek a professional for help.