When it comes to keeping your dog healthy, one of the most important aspects is maintaining good oral hygiene. By taking just a few steps toward better dog dental care at home, your dog will enjoy a longer, happier life:
1. Brush your dog’s teeth.
It may sound crazy to some, but vets agree that you should brush your dog’s teeth every day. It’s the best way to stave off issues like bad breath, bleeding gums, and periodontal disease.
All you need to do is grab a toothbrush kit online or at a pet store (never use human toothpaste on a dog) and schedule a time of day for teeth brushing.
2. Start teeth brushing early.
As a puppy, your dog’s teeth will be bright, white, and healthy — so why brush them?
For the most part, it’s all about forming habits young. By brushing your dog’s teeth when they’re a puppy, you’re teaching them that this is a safe and normal activity. As they age, they’ll learn to sit still and grow comfortable with it.
3. Try dog dental treats and chews.
Snacks and toys that your dog chews and eats or simply gnaws on can be great for teeth cleaning as well. Dog dental treats are made to remove the buildup of plaque and can also freshen your dog’s breath.
Dog dental chews also help scrape off plaque as your dog gnaws on them. Choose from a selection of edible chews that your veterinarian recommends or try rubber chews that can also double as treat puzzles to keep your dog occupied.
4. Have your dog’s teeth cleaned annually at the vet.
Just like humans, dogs should visit their doggy dentist (their vet!) at least once per year for a thorough cleaning. Our veterinary staff at Sunset Veterinary Clinic is always here to provide cleanings and check-ups for dental issues that could be causing your dog pain or become bigger problems down the line.
Even if you haven’t been brushing your dog’s teeth consistently or at all, that’s okay. A teeth cleaning at the vet will be the best thing you can do to prevent and stop dental hygiene problems. Call today to schedule your appointment!