A How-to Guide on Dental Care for Dogs
Teeth are extremely important to a dog’s survival and its entire being. They can sometimes survive losing limbs and recover quickly, but losing their teeth is probably worse. Dogs need their teeth to bite, claw and chew. They also use them to assert authority by baring the whole set.
Knowing all this, it becomes the pet owner’s responsibility to provide their dog with the best dental care possible and to take measures to keep their dog’s teeth clean and strong.
Dog dental care should be started from the puppy stage, but sometimes you get a dog that is much older. What matters is starting the dental care routine as soon as you get the dog.
It’s not just important for you; it’s extremely important for your dog too. To start this process, you can either get a large double sided tooth brush or a special dental hygiene kit which will include items to provide your dog with the best dental care. The kit will contain a specially designed toothbrush that will make the brushing task easier.
Dogs rarely stay still until commanded. And even then, they would be wary of you trying to insert a foreign object in their mouth. To accomplish this task, wait for the dog to be tired, almost sleepy, or just after a feeding when the dog is content. Use soothing voice to coax the dog to open its mouth so you can start the brushing. Use up and down motion. Brush inside the mouth and go all the way to the top of the fangs. You can use a dental rinse to freshen your dog’s breath.
The hygiene kit often comes with toothpaste. Do not under any circumstance use your own toothpaste for this task. Toothpaste for human use usually contains fluoride. Fluoride is very good for our teeth, but for the dog, it is nothing short of poison.
Proper food is just as important for dog dental care. A balanced diet containing items like Nutram dog food or Fromm dog food can make a lot of difference. These brands offer dry dog food that keeps the dog’s teeth strong.
Dogs need to chew continuously to keep their teeth clean and sharp. For that, you can give the dog some toys or dog treats to chew on.
Consult Your Dog Dentist (A.K.A the Veterinarian) Regularly
Even if your dog is at the height of health, you should still see you veterinarian every couple of months to give your dog a thorough check up.
But if your dog shows symptoms like rotten breath, yellow teeth or gums, refusing treats or showing no interest in them, showing aggression during brushing, loss of appetite, continuous touching of the mouth, excessive bleeding from mouth, broken or missing teeth, then you need to see the veterinarian immediately. You dog might be suffering from teeth related afflictions and is in need of immediate medical attention. Your veterinarian will be able to help provide the dog relief from the pain and treat the underlying issue.