How to clean your dog's teeth at home.
Keeping your dog's teeth clean is important, as ignoring this can lead to plaque build-up and dental disease. Dental disease is very common in dogs, second only to ear infections, and can be extremely uncomfortable - much like we would experience. To avoid expensive treatment costs check and clean your dog's teeth regularly as part of their grooming treatment
. Before you begin brushing your dog's teeth, it's always a good idea to have your veterinarian demonstrate the proper technique. The positioning of the jaws and how the teeth meet differs between breeds. Brachycephalic breeds, such as Pugs and Chihuahuas, have misaligned jaws with crowded or missing teeth, making them more susceptible to dental disease.
Start brushing their teeth when they're a puppy and do so every day to get them used to it. If you haven't already done so, begin by placing your finger near their mouth and gradually introduce the action. Maintain the routine and gradually add brushing until it becomes second nature.
Since human toothpaste isn't appropriate for dogs as it is toxic to dogs, you'll need to purchase a dog toothpaste. Brushing their teeth requires a special dog toothbrush that fits over your finger, but if you don't have one, a child-sized toothbrush will suffice.
Dental disease may occur unexpectedly or develop gradually over months. Keep an eye out for the following signs:
On the teeth, deposits can form.
Gums can bleed and be affected.
The mouth is polluted, resulting in a foul odor.
The tooth's sensitive root can be exposed, causing pain.
Teeth that are discoloured and fall out
If you find any of these signs PLEASE CONTACT YOUR VET.
Since every dog is different, there is no such thing as a universal diet for all dogs. If you're not sure what diet is best for your dog, consult a veterinarian or a reliable pet store for more details.
Some dog owners prefer wet foods over dry foods for their pets. Dry dog food, on the other hand, can have the added advantage of exercising their chewing muscles and mildly brushing their teeth.
Dental chews and treats are another effective way to keep your dog's teeth clean.
Is it good to give your dog bones?
Bone feeding is a contentious subject. Raw, meaty bones are a tasty treat for your dog, and they do help clean teeth, but they can be dangerous. Bones can cause dental fractures in some dogs that eat 'energetically,' and constipation in others.
Cooked bones are more likely to break up, causing internal injury. Before feeding your dog bones, seek advice from your veterinarian, and keep an eye on them if and when they do consume them.