Many assume smelly dog breath is normal, but that is not the case. Oral hygiene is just as important for your canine companion as it is for you. Poor oral hygiene can lead to life-threatening conditions in dogs, such as heart muscle, liver, and kidney damage. The American Veterinary Medical Association estimates that about 80 percent of dogs exhibit gum disease as early as age three.
Since there are no such things as doggy dentures, keeping your dog’s gums and teeth healthy is crucial for their overall health. Once you get your furry friend into an oral hygiene routine, you should still visit the veterinarian for regular dental cleanings. The following tips will help you keep your dog’s dental hygiene in good condition for years.
Teeth brushing is the foundation for good dental health for dogs and humans. It is best to brush your canine friend’s teeth daily, but doing so once a week will suffice if you do not have time for daily brushing. But the more you do it, the better.
Your dog will learn to tolerate and appreciate the cleanings, even if they do not like them at first. You will find dog toothbrushes with soft bristles, angled handles, and multiple heads designed to reach the tiny crevices and nooks inside your pup’s mouth. It would be best if you also used dog toothpaste since human toothpaste contains ingredients that could cause significant harm.
Encourage your dog to nibble on dental chews designed to clean teeth while stimulating natural cravings for a tasty treat. These chews minimize plaque and tartar buildup while polishing teeth to a sparkling white. Furthermore, they will keep your furry friend too busy chewing on their treats to cause trouble elsewhere.
Dog dental chews are available in different shapes and sizes. They feature nubs and ridges that dig into crevasses between the teeth to boost blood flow through the gums. However, it would be best if you always supervised your canine companion when they are nibbling a dental chew.
Flavored canine dental powders contain a probiotic that promotes healthy bacteria in the mouth while killing unhealthy bacteria. You should apply the powder to every meal for furry friend eats to help freshen their breath and prevent plaque and tartar buildup on the teeth.
If your dog’s breath is causing you to avoid kisses and cuddles, a dog dental spray is an ideal solution. It is an easy and quick way to clean your dog’s teeth between cleanings. The spray kills bacteria to give your pooch fresh breath.
Regular professional dental cleanings by your veterinarian are essential to protecting your pup’s oral health. During your appointment, your vet will also identify, treat, and take steps to prevent dental problems that might otherwise go unnoticed. Most dogs need dental cleanings and exams at least once per year.
Good doggy dental care will help your your-legged pal live a healthier, happier, and longer life. Fortunately, cleaning your dog’s teeth is surprisingly easy, even on a busy schedule. You can easily incorporate practices to keep their teeth clean with just a few minutes of your time each week.
For more on pet dental care, visit The Animal Hospital at our Slingerlands, New York office. Call (518) 456-0852 to schedule an appointment today.