Beginning a dental care program for your dog is not something that can happen overnight if you and your four-legged friend are not accustomed to this. Ideally, this is something that I suggest doing at a young age. In fact, by doing this during the puppy stages, you can better attain proper behavior when trying to brush their teeth. Whenever you come to the realization that this is something you should be doing every day for your loved one then take the time to schedule an appointment at your local veterinary office. In my case, my pup Ellie and I decided to take a trip to the Wellesley Animal Hospital in Richmond VA. I was under the assumption that dogs had enzymes in their saliva that would help break down plaque and bacteria, but I was wrong. Their teeth are just like ours and they should have a daily dental cleaning routine.
Before humans began to domestic the K-9 breeds, they were wild carnivores that would hunt other wild prey. They would keep their teeth clean by chewing on the bones and sinew of their catch. This helped to stimulate their teeth and gums which provided adequate dental care. This is not the case in our current era; all dogs really on us to help keep them healthy.
Better Late Then Never
To keep your dog or puppy’s teeth clean, you must provide them with a healthy diet and take the time to brush their teeth free of plaque. If you’re late in the brushing game or plaque has built up, then you should consider setting up an appointment to have their teeth cleaned. This is important to help prevent future health problems like different types of periodontal disease. This is very painful to dogs and can cause their teeth to fall out and become infected. Around eighty-five percent of dogs that have reached the age of 4 are said to suffer from this disease. These infections can even lead to death if not treated. The bacteria that has built up over time can also cause problems in other organs their liver, heart, or kidneys.
When you have visited your local veterinarian and bought the suggested doggie toothbrush and toothpaste then you can begin brushing. This is usually the hardest part if your dog is young or not used to having their teeth prodded and poked. Theses kinds of toothpaste are non-toxic when swallowed and usually have a beef, seafood, mint, or peanut butter flavor to help entice the use and promote good dental health. The trick to teaching a dog or puppy to stay still is to take it one step at a time. When first brushing their teeth it is usually wise to use a finger toothbrush. Let them first try some of the toothpaste by putting a little bit on your finger. When they show interest, begin to lightly scrub the teeth and gums. If at first you don’t succeed then try again tomorrow. If you only got half done one day, then finish the next day by completing the other half. When you have finished up make sure do give them the praise that they need. It is also suggested to give them something to chew on afterward. This will help further provide the abrasive action that is needed to help remove the plaque and bacteria. There are synthetic bones, rawhides, and also treats that help to clean while using abrasive action. Some popular dental dog treats are Scrubbies, Greenies, and Dentastix, along with many others. PetSmart carries a large assortment of choices of healthy dog treats.
Choose The Right Diet
When it comes to buying the proper food, it is also suggested to consult with your veterinarian so you can buy them a food that will give them with the proper amounts of fats, proteins, amino acids, carbohydrates, as well as a sufficient balance of vitamins and minerals. This is sometimes hard to come by when there aren’t many regulations or control on dog food production. A hard food is also suggested over a wet food because it’s crunchy kibbles will help break down plaque. Wet food sticks to teeth and can provide better conditions for bacteria and plaque to grow.
I hope this reading will help to make you and your dog’s lives healthier and happier. Make sure to share this article with your friends and family so we can help educate the public one step at a time, putting a brighter smile on every dogs face.