You want to do everything you can to keep your dog healthy and feeling their best. You’re careful about what you feed them, make sure they get plenty of exercise and keep them nice and groomed. Just make sure you don’t forget about good oral hygiene when it comes to your pet’s care routine. You know that your dog’s breath can be a little on the unpleasant side sometimes. However, it bad breath seems to be a regular occurrence, it could be a sign that your dog is experiencing some dental issues.
Similar to people, if your dog’s teeth are not properly taken care of it could lead to gum disease, also known as periodontal disease. Periodontal disease can lead to a range of other health problems in dogs. Plus, these issues can stretch far path your pet’s mouth. Dog’s with periodontal disease can lose teeth, but they can also suffer from serious organ damage as well. While gum disease is more common in older dogs, it’s possible for tooth decay to start at a young age. That’s why oral hygiene is so important for all dogs, no matter how old they are.
The good news is that your pet’s oral care regimen doesn’t have to be difficult. Here are some tips for getting into a good dental hygiene routine with your pet:
You can brush your pet’s teeth at home using a regular soft bristle toothbrush, or one of the many specialized pet toothbrushes available at your local pet supply retailer. You never want to use human toothpaste when brushing your dog’s teeth. In addition to brushing at home, it’s a good idea to have your pet’s teeth professionally cleaned at your veterinarian’s office periodically. Your vet will have specialized tools designed for getting rid of tough areas of plaque build up.
Many pet owners have a hard time brushing their dog’s teeth because they won’t sit still or even become aggressive at the first sign of a toothbrush. This is very common but can be avoided if you get your pet used to being handled at a young age. Make brushing a positive experience by showering your pet with praise while you brush their teeth. After you’re done, you can give them a teeth-friendly treat to reward them for their cooperation. This technique can be applied to dogs of all ages but works best when they’re young.
Finally, there are a number of different toys and treat that you can give your pet to help keep their teeth clean. Talk to your veterinarian about the types of items they suggest for helping combat plaque buildup. Toys for heavy chewers can be especially effective in keeping your pet’s teeth looking their best.
If your dog is overdue for a professional brushing or oral exam, contact our office and schedule an appointment today.