4 Top Tips for Keeping your Dog’s Mouth HealthyAug 03, 2021
Dental disease can affect many dogs, with some starting to show signs of tooth decay at just three years old. In some cases, dental disease can eventually lead to other more serious issues such as tooth loss, gum infections and even heart disease. At DogBonding we have four top tips for keeping your dog’s mouth healthy. Enjoy!
1 - Brush Regularly
One of the best ways to prevent plaque from building up around your dog’s teeth is by regularly brushing them. The earlier you introduce this to your dog the easier it will be for them to get used to regular brushing. Avoid using human toothpaste as these can contain toxic elements which can be harmful for your dog. There are many dog friendly tooth pastes available which are safe to use on your dog’s teeth, so try and research the best one for your pet.
2 - Dog Dental Treats
Dog dental treats are fantastic in supporting their dental health. The dental treats have been specifically designed to help remove plaque and clean their mouths. However, as soon as your dog has finished with their chew and they are worn, you should replace them. Rawhide bones and other edible chews can often pose a choking and blockage risk if they become frayed and aggressively chewed after your dog has finished with them. Likewise, always try and provide more durable toys and bones for your dog if they are aggressive chewers. In addition, if your dog has sensitive teeth then try and buy chews that are made from softer materials such as Latex.
3 - Book a Professional Cleaning
If you would prefer a professional check-up, then many vets provide a professional cleaning service. A professional vet can provide a more thorough removal of bacteria that may have built up around your dog’s gum line. Vets will often anesthetise the dog during this type of procedure. If you are slightly worried about having your dog anesthetised during this type of procedure speak to your vet beforehand. Your vet should reassure you and explain that this is a regular procedure and provide you with as much information as possible.
4 - Diet is Key
When it comes to your dog’s dental hygiene, their diet can play a major part. With this in mind, ensure your dog is fed a nutritional balanced diet that helps strengthen their teeth and gums. Try and void feeding your dog any scraps or food from your table that are high in carbs and sugars. If you are unsure of what type of healthy dog food you should be feeding them with then speak with your vet before making any drastic changes to your dog’s food plan. Your vet may recommend certain dog food brands or types over others or provide your dog with a healthy and balanced eating plan specific to their dietary needs and requirements.
Did you find this article helpful? If you have any further questions or need expert professional dog training advice on all your puppy or dog behavioural issues please contact our team today. Hopefully, by following these top tips, your canine companion can be on their way to having a very healthy mouth and a brighter smile.
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