There’s a reason ‘dog breath’ isn’t a compliment.
Just like humans, dogs face dental issues like tartar and plaque build-up, and gingivitis; which can lead to more serious infections. This is why brushing your dog’s teeth is essential.
Your vet can show you how and when to brush your dog’s teeth, how to prepare your dog for the process, and what toothpaste to use. And remember, the earlier you start, the more relaxed your dog will be.
Being consistent with the routine will avoid unnecessary anxiety. A good time to clean your dog’s teeth is after its main meal – you’ll remove any remaining fluids from the food, and your dog will be less agitated in the evening and ready for bed.
Your vet should professionally check your dog’s teeth once a year – every six months if your dog is elderly.
Dental hygiene is also affected by your dog’s diet. Always serve nutritious and crunchy kibble (not too crunchy or it could crack a tooth!). This helps get rid of the plaque and tartar build-up and strengthens gums. Make sure there’s always a chew toy around, like a good synthetic bone – they also help to keep your dog’s teeth healthy and strong.
Be alert to tell-tale signs of dental disease: a change in the colour of your dog’s gums, worsening breath, swollen or bleeding gums, compulsive chewing or agitated pawing of the mouth.
Your DogTech behaviouralist can recommend an appropriate diet for your dog, and explain how and when to provide food ‘treats’.
A healthy smile makes a happy dog – and a happier family!