You might want to ask, does my dog need so much attention given to its teeth? The answer is yes. As much as you care and meet its need for a healthy, nutritious meal, your tasks aren’t complete if your dog can’t boast of a healthy oral lifestyle. This healthy lifestyle saves your dog from dental diseases, and you from spending extra.
In this blog, we will discuss how to look after your dog’s teeth.
1. Daily brushing of teeth
Daily brushing of your dog’s teeth helps to keep your dog’s oral hygiene in check. During brushing, you can spot tartar, plaque, broken tooth, e.t.c.
If you are new to brushing your dog’s teeth, then you have to be patient with your dog. First, make use of your finger or a finger brush for a start. Once your dog gets used to the hand-to-mouth routine, you can then introduce a dog toothpaste and toothbrush. Try adding a little of your dog’s paste to its meal if it refuses the brush and pastes after the finger brushing. Check with your vet for a suitable paste and brush.
2. Plan for an annual professional cleaning
Just like we always need to visit the dentist periodically, so also your dog needs an oral check with a vet doctor. If tartars and gingivitis are in your dog’s mouth, your vet doctor will have to carry out a blood sample to see if your doctor is healthy enough to undergo general anesthesia. General anesthesia helps to reduce the stress of cleaning on the dogs.
Afterward, your vet will take an X-ray of your dog’s mouth to get a closer look at the teeth.
Depending on some breeds, like bulldogs and Dachshunds, they are more prone to periodontal disease. They require more frequent cleaning every six months. Most professional oral exams at least once per year.
3. Buy dental chews and cleansing toys
They made most dental chews in such a way that they can be given to dogs regularly. Good dental toys contain enzymes that can help slow dental disease by their abrasive action. Cleansing toys are bendable, have points and cervices designed to scrape away a dog’s teeth.
4. Feed your dog with healthy nutrients.
In a day, your dog should feed two to three times either dry feed or wet feed. Add healthy dog feed supplements, safe fruits, quality whole food meals, and vegetables to your dog’s meal. Finally, to achieve this, work with your vet in calculating the exact amount of feeding your dog needs per day.
Dogs like human teeth need to be given attention to and taken care of to avoid dental disease and bad breath. It is a good thing to start early when your dog is still a puppy, but if your puppy is now all grown, then the best time to look after your dog’s teeth is now so that they remain healthy throughout their life span.