The Best Dental Care For Dogs
Learn how to clean your dog’s teeth naturally.
Do you think about your dog’s dental care? I sure hope the answer to that question is a big fat, “YES!” According to The American Veterinary Dental College, periodontal disease is the most common clinical condition occurring in adult dogs & by three years of age, most dogs have some evidence of periodontal disease. The toxins are absorbed into your dog’s bloodstream & can affect the kidneys and liver. The kicker, it is easily preventable in most cases!
Your dog’s first line of defense to prevent periodontal disease is you. You can develop a home oral hygiene regimen for your dog to help combat this disease. You should start this preventative routine as soon as you bring your new puppy or dog home. So let us now take a look at some of your options.
Brushing Your Dog’s Teeth-Brushing your dog’s teeth daily with a dog toothbrush / finger pet toothbrush & dog toothpaste is recommended. Rotating with an oral cleansing spray, seaweed powder or coconut oil is one of the most effective ways to help prevent periodontal disease in your dog. Out of all the recommendations, this is a must do! Brushing your dog’s teeth daily helps break up dog tarter and keep your dog’s teeth pearly white. It is important to use a toothpaste specifically designed for dogs. Human toothpaste typically has a high foaming action which should not be swallowed.
Chews & Bones-Your dog’s chewing action on safe & healthy dog chews and bones can assist in removing plaque build up. However, please read the ingredients listed to ensure they are healthy & NOT sourced in China. My personal favorite for Dexter is odor free bully sticks. Raw meaty bones are also amazing. Personally, I do not allow unsupervised chewing.
Dog Chew Toys-When I think of dog chew toys, I think of Kong, Rita Toy & Kong Quest Bones. These chew toys can be filled with your favorite healthy dog treat, organic dog food, or just played alone. I’ve been known to smudge a little organic coconut oil on a dog chew for a bit more cleaning action. Again, this is another way to help loosen tarter build up.
Veterinarian Dentistry-Sometimes even with the best preventative dental care, dogs still must have a dental cleaning from their veterinarian. But don’t feel bad, this is a nice way to get back those pearly whites.
Getting started with brushing your dog’s teeth does not have to be a stressful event. Take it slow & introduce the procedure at your dog’s pace. If your dog is sensitive around his mouth, he may already have some periodontal disease, so please take him to your veterinarian for a check up.
You never want to scare your dog, so if he really moves away when you try to touch his mouth, start by reaching towards his face (off to the side) and say, “Yes!” and give him a treat. At first, don’t have the goal of touching his mouth, you just want him to get comfortable with the reach. If he moves away & tries to avoid the reach, don’t reach as fast, as close. You want to find that sweet spot, where he is unconcerned & build from there. This may take days or even weeks. So have patience & don’t rush it. If you are having difficulty please seek the guidance of a professional dog behavior consultant.
Once you are able to touch your dog’s mouth without him flinching or being worried, it is time to add the dog toothpaste. First, put a squeeze of the paste on your finger & slip it on one side of his mouth. No rubbing, no scrubbing. Do the same for the other side. That’s it, end of the lesson. Practice this for a few days. When he is easily accepting of this, the next time put your finger pet toothbrush on & the dog toothpaste, and once again slip into both sides of his mouth.
As you both get more comfortable start to increase the scrubbing action inside your dog’s mouth. Gentle, don’t get too rough or hard. Your goal will be to hit all those canine teeth with a little scrub.
If you decide you would rather use a dog toothbrush instead of the finger pet toothbrush do the same steps in getting your dog accustomed to the brush inside his mouth that you did for the finger brush.
That’s it! You should be well on your way to helping your dog have fresh breath, a great smile and healthy teeth and gums.
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