How to Care For Your Dog's Teeth
Cleaning your dog’s teeth may seem a little over the top to some. It is something that, if not done, can cause many different issues with your pup's health! According to Dogs Naturally Magazine, not taking care of your dog's teeth can have a direct impact on your dog’s vital organs like their heart, kidneys, liver and digestive system.
Bad dental hygiene can cause a multitude of unwanted problems and pain for your dog. There are a few simple steps for keeping your dog’s mouth clean and healthy. If started early enough, it can end up saving you a lot of money in vet bills, while preventing your pet from experiencing diseases and pain.
Dental Cleaning at the Vet
The picture above is a before (top) and after (bottom) after 3 sessions of teeth cleaning done by a professional. Many pet owners might look at the top photo and think, it’s too late now, that can’t be reversed. That is not true, and the dog should be taken to the vet to receive a cleaning.
Brush Those Teeth!
Brushing your dog's teeth is very important for dental health, just like it is for humans! It is ideal to start brushing your pup's teeth when they are a puppy, so they will get used to it as they get older. Brushing your dog’s teeth once a day is ideal, but if that isn’t feasible for you and your dog, every other day, or even weekly, will be good as well.
One very important thing to remember is to never use human toothpaste to brush your dog's teeth. They make special toothpaste for dogs, as well as a long double sided, angled toothbrush specifically designed for a dog's anatomy.
Alternatives to the Toothbrush
The finger toothbrush is an easy-to-use alternative to the regular toothbrush. It is a rubber toothbrush that will fit over your finger, making it less intimidating to your dog and easy to get those hard to reach places. It has soft rubber bristles that clean the teeth, reduce plaque and tartar, and is pleasant for your pup.
If your dog wants nothing to do with the toothbrush, thankfully there are some solutions. Dental wipes are an easy option to quickly brush and wipe your dog’s teeth, to get rid of buildup. While this will not get in to the small nooks and in between the teeth, it is definitely better than nothing.
Dry Food, Dental Chews and Bones
Whether you feed your dog raw food or kibble, allowing them to chew on crunchy food is necessary. Chewing on dry kibble, as well as some bones and chew toys, can be beneficial for your pet's teeth.
Raw bones are ideal to give dogs to help with teeth cleaning. You can pick up raw bones from your local grocery store meat department, butcher or even some pet stores.
If your dog prefers something a bit softer, or if raw bones are not an option, there are some good alternatives to help with your dog's dental hygiene. Greenies dental treats are a very popular dental treat for dogs and cats. They are a great mixture between soft and hard, perfect for animals that have sensitive gums, but still need a nice little teeth cleaning.
Himalayan Dog Chews are an all-natural hard chew bone/treat. They are made from 100% yak and cow milk, along with salt and lime juice. While your pup is chewing on it, their saliva slowly starts to soften the treat, allowing them a small part of yummy goodness. These bones come in all different sizes from Small for dogs under 15 lbs. to X-large for dogs under 70 lbs. They’re great all natural dog treats that promote oral health and are effective for removing plaque.
Bully Sticks are another popular dog treat that promotes good dental health. The bully sticks from Only Natural Pet (linked above) are made from free range, grass-fed cattle, that are raised without growth hormones and antibiotics. They come in multiple sizes, to cover all dog breeds. They are a healthy supplement to help with cleaning teeth.
As you can see, there are multiple ways you can make sure your pup has proper dental hygiene. It is so important to keep your dogs teeth clean! It can save your dog from going through a lot of pain and suffering, as well as saving you money in vet bills!
Comment below and let us know what dental hygiene products work best for you and your pup!