It is every pet owner’s responsibility to take good care of their pet’s needs, including their oral hygiene. Unfortunately, a dog’s dental health is often overlooked.
Why is pet oral health so important?
Due to this oversight, periodontal disease is common in dogs. It is a very painful condition and can cause life-threatening issues if left untreated.
The question that arises is how can we take care of our dog’s teeth and gums? Here are some tips that will help.
Build trust and be patient
It is best to start cleaning your dog’s teeth whilst they are still young. Include dental hygiene items on your new puppy checklist. If your dog isn’t used to having their teeth brushed you can’t rush in and expect immediate success. You will need to build trust by introducing a dental care routine slowly. Be patient and always remember that a positive attitude is key. Praise them every time they let you brush their teeth.
What are the health implications of poor dental care?
When not taken care of, dental complications give rise to tooth loss and painful inflammation of your dog’s gums. In addition, poor dental health can lead to complications and cause infections all over your poor canine’s body.
If left unchecked, periodontal disease will progress with the infection spreading to the jaw bone, which will start to deteriorate. The damage is irreversible and is painful. However, with care, it is possible to stop the infection from spreading further.
Prevention is better than cure
Establish a dental hygiene routine for your dog. You can regularly brush your dog’s teeth with a special toothbrush and dog toothpaste. Keep in mind that you should not use human toothpaste, as it is highly toxic for dogs.
How should you brush your dog’s teeth?
Start slowly to build trust. Lift your dog’s lips and gently brush the front teeth. Initially, you might have to pull back and only clean a few teeth at a time. Always stop if your dog pulls away and try again later.
Work your way gradually to the back of your canine’s mouth and be attentive to the external surface of the teeth. The routine will get easier with time once both of you are accustomed to the process. Before you know it you will be an expert at brushing your dog’s teeth.
If you are having trouble brushing your pooch’s teeth, then try out alternatives like dental wipes and dental treats. Canine dental wipes are used by rubbing them against your dog’s teeth to get rid of the plaque. However, unlike toothbrushes, they cannot reach all the small nooks and crannies. They are still a great alternative and much easier to use.
Dogs usually prefer dental chews over the toothbrush and wipes. These treats contain active ingredients that reduce the accumulated plaque and freshens up your dog’s breath. Make sure to include the dental chews when you calculate how much your dog eats, otherwise your dog may put on weight.
Keep an eye on your dog’s breath and eating habits and if you notice anything different, you should call or visit your veterinarian. If your dog is whimpering when trying to eat or while holding an object with his mouth, he is in pain. Your dog likely has dental issues.
Regular visits to the vet will allow you both to keep track of your dog’s oral health. It is better to be safe than sorry. Your vet will address any issues they encounter.
Dental wellbeing with food
You can explore different ways to maintain the good conditions of your dog’s teeth through food and nutrition. Some dog foods have special nutrients and ingredients that can improve the state of your dog’s teeth.
Best care for best friend
A dog is a man’s best friend. Dogs are super loyal and adorable. They mean the whole world to us and they deserve the best care. Show your love to your dog by taking proper care of them and helping them stay clean.
Your fluffy companions are unaware of dental hygiene and their paws are not made for grabbing a toothbrush. Help your four-legged friend have good oral health by cleaning their teeth and gums regularly.