Dental hygiene is so important to your dog. Looking after the teeth of your dog is a vital role of any responsible dog owner. But not everyone knows how to best look after their dog’s teeth, with a shocking 85% of all dogs in the US having dental problems, I want to bring to you a simple 4 step plan to good doggie dental health.
Dogs need their teeth. You might think that your teeth are important to you, but that’s nothing compared to how important they are for your dog. Remember dogs don’t have hands, so they carry everything with their teeth – from new born pups to the morning newspaper – everything goes in their mouths. And don’t forget eating. You and I have the luxury of a knife and fork so we can get our food bite size before it goes in our mouth. Once again, all the dog has are its teeth. I am sure that you get the idea. So here is a simple guide to keeping your dog’s teeth in tip top condition.
Brush your dogs teeth regularly
Does this go without saying? Perhaps, but this would be a pretty bad article if I didn’t at least mention it. As with humans, dogs really ought to have their teeth brushed daily. In the real world, I know that lots of people struggle with this frequency. But that’s the recommendation. Do your best to meet it. The more you brush your dog’s teeth, the less it will struggle over time as it gets used to it.
Remember that dogs need their own toothpaste – the stuff that you or I use will only make them sick. And if you invest in a decent dog tooth brush, you will find things are a whole lot easier.
Check their mouths often Gum infections show as red areas of the gum
You should check your dogs mouths once a week. A check only takes a moment, so is not too time consuming for anyone. You want to look for red spots on the gums, or any kind of swelling. While you are there, you should check your dogs breath. if it smells worse than unusual then that’s a sign of tooth decay. If you suspect any issues then get your dog to a vet for a professional assessment. Remember that early identification will minimize any issues. This step is key in the dental health of your dog.
Feed them properly
A good diet will do more than just help your dogs weight; it makes a big difference to their teeth too. Human food should never be served to your dog, especially anything processed. These things are full of sugar and will not help your dogs teeth one little bit. Feeding your dog properly should allow you to prevent dental issues from arising in the first place. This is important for your dog’s teeth. Plus, small breeds especially will benefit from having a proper diet since smaller dogs need to monitor their weight much more closely than bigger animals. Breeds like dachshunds and pugs need to have a carefully controlled diet for this reason. Weight issues can increase a dachshunds likelihood of spinal issues, and pugs breathing can be affected too.
Dental chews really help
Dental chews are readily available and do not cost very much at all. You can get plastic dental chews, or if you prefer something more natural, the consensus is that antler horns make the best dental chews. You can get dental treats (edible dental chews) but they can be a problem if you are concerned about your dog’s weight. Dental chews can even be flavored to make them more appealing to your dog. They work by essentially grating against your dog’s teeth, and can make a noticeable difference to your dog’s dental health. But remember that they are not a substitute for brushing.
What ever type of dog you have, you need to ensure that their teeth are well maintained. Its the responsibility of the owner and not the dog to ensure this. Dental issues can lead to all kinds of bigger problems as your dog wont chew food properly which can cause all sorts of gastric conditions. Not to mention the day to day issues your dog will face not being able to carry all those things that it other wise would. It doesn’t take much to look after your dogs teeth, so please take a little time and help your dog.
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