Bad Breath? Bad teeth? Start Brushing!
A dog’s breath at the best of times is never pleasant. This is why brushing your dog’s teeth is essential. As with humans, dogs face a number of dental issues such as the build-up of tartar, plaque and gingivitis; conditions that can lead to more serious infections.
Now we all know that our pooch cannot brush its own teeth so it’s important that you speak to your vet about the art of practising good oral hygiene. More importantly, your vet will be able to instruct you on how and when to brush your dog’s teeth, pass on a few simple tricks to prepare your dog for the cleaning process, and recommend the best toothpaste to use. And remember, the earlier you start, the more relaxed your dog will be.
Also be consistent with your dog’s brushing routine to eliminate unnecessary anxiety. A good time to clean your dog’s teeth is after its main meal. Not only will you be able to remove any remaining fluids your canine friend will be less agitated in the evening and ready for bed.
If your dog won’t let you brush its teeth, consult your vet.
Your vet should check your dog’s teeth every year; six-months if your dog is elderly.
More than a bad breath:
Another aspect to dental hygiene is your dog’s diet. Always serve nutritious and crunchy kibble along with a good synthetic bone to chew on. This will help get rid of the plaque and tartar build-up and strengthen gums. Just make sure that the kibble is not too hard to chew on as it could crack or break a tooth. Chew toys are another option to keep your dog’s teeth healthy and strong.
A tell-tale sign of any dental disease is the colour of your dog’s gums and change in behaviour. Some of the symptoms include a change in your dog’s breath, swollen or bleeding gums, compulsive chewing or agitated pawing of the mouth.
Speak to your DogTech behaviouralist about his [or her] diet, and when it’s the right time to reward your furry friend.
A dog with a healthy smile is a happy dog!