Dental Care for Dogs
We put a lot of thought into keeping our dog healthy, we think of the quality of their food, provide routine checkups for them, but what about their dental care? Oral hygiene on dogs are often overlooked, but just like humans, dogs are recommended to establish a daily brushing routine to prevent tooth loss, bad breath, and periodontal disease.
If you are not familiar with the oral and dental disease of dogs, here is a list of the common oral and dental disease of dogs.
- Calculus (Tar)
You can check for signs that your dog may have an oral and dental disease when the dog has:
- Bad breath
- Excessive drooling
- Inflamed gums
- Tumor in the gums
- Cysts under the tongue
- Loose teeth
Give your dogs a regular home check, and a follow-up checkup from the vet. Most experts suggest that daily brushing is ideal, however, it may sound unrealistic, set a goal to have it three to four times a week. Get your dog their own oral care supplies.
A human toothbrush will work, choose a soft one in a size that can fit the dog’s mouth. But a canine toothbrush works well, it is more angled, there is a toothbrush that comes in a fingertip style. Choose what style works for you.
Dogs do not know how to spit, thus they need a toothpaste that is safe for them to swallow. Human toothpaste contains abrasives and detergent that dogs should not ingest. Use a pet-formulated toothpaste, do not try using human toothpaste, it can upset the pet’s stomach or even make your pet ill. Pet-formulated toothpaste comes in poultry or seafood options.
Our pets need to be trained to tolerate, you cannot expect them to sit and open their mouth wide. It takes patience, spends some time handling the dog’s mouth, and get the dog exposed to some tasty treat by letting the dog lick your finger while you gently rub its teeth and gums. Once everything is fine, choose a time of the day that is calm and unhurried.
Let the dog sniff or lick the toothbrush and toothpaste. Rub the visible teeth, the touch may spark the interest of your dog, gradually increase the number of teeth you brush. Remember to brush along the gum line, execute a circular motion.
Conclude with a special reward, even if the process did not go well. Positive association is needed to make your dog cooperate on your brushing session.
However, if you do not have enough time to fully brush your dog’s teeth, wipe its teeth and gum line to sweep away the bacteria and accumulated food. You can use a canine dental pad or a simple gauze.
There are pet foods that are best for the pet’s teeth, serve nutritionally-balanced, dry kibble food diets. Hard biscuits and rawhide chews can massage the gums of your dog and help scrape off the plaque.