7 Tips For Doggie Dental Care

7 Tips For Doggie Dental Care

It’s not just bad breath and yellow teeth you have to worry about. As with humans, these canine dental problems can actually lead to life-threatening infections and issues including heart, liver, and kidney disease.

Start in puppyhood

You can teach an old dog new tricks, but take it easy on both of you and get in early.

How to brush

Get a specific canine toothbrush – and toothpaste – from a pet supply shop or your vet. Pick a time when your dog is relaxed, like after he’s had a little exercise. Start slow and build up his tolerance for brushing.

Pick the right toothpaste

Most human toothpastes contain fluoride, which is extremely poisonous to dogs.

Use dry foods

Soft or wet foods are more likely to stick to the teeth and gums, causing decay.

Chew bones and toys to clean teeth

While you should monitor your dog when he chews on bones, they can help discourage plaque and tartar build-up.

Check your dog’s mouth

Give your dog a weekly check-up yourself. Does he have bad breath? Are his teeth broken or discoloured? Maybe it’s time for a visit to the vet.

Visit the vet

You should visit the vet for a dental check-up every six to 12 months. Even with healthy teeth.

Pets’ dental care can be a hassle, the same as it is for us. But the benefits far outweigh the bother.

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