Caring For Your Canine’s Teeth
Are you the owner of a beloved canine pal? Do you want the best for your animal? If so, you need to understand the importance of oral health for dogs. Otherwise, you could end up with all kinds of troubles down the line.
Many folks do not think about their dog’s teeth until the animal shows some type of trouble. Dogs who eat soft foods exclusively are particularly prone to developing oral health complications. This is because the moist foods will accumulate around the base of the teeth. This can lead to rot and gum troubles.
Even if your dog eats kibble and other hard foods, you should still make sure you know how to take care of the animal’s teeth. While you will likely have fewer challenges than those who feed a soft diet, you should look into your food choices and other ways to keep your pet healthy.
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There are specially made dog bones that are designed to help improve oral health for dogs. These wear away at any food residue that might be accumulating around the base of teeth or in between them. You will find that most of the major dog product manufacturers offer at least one option for pets in this regard.
Additionally, you should teach your pet to embrace regular cleanings. At your favorite pet store or similar retailer, you can find brushes that are specially made for animals, along with pastes you can use that are flavored specifically for their pleasure. For instance, meat flavors are very popular.
Yes, you read this correct. You can floss your dog’s teeth. However, we recommend you try water flossing. There are many oral irrigation devices that are fun, easy to use, and not expensive. Here is a solid list of the best water flossers on the market courtesy of Dental Dorks.
Flossing can be fun, even for your pup!
The earlier you introduce the importance of oral care to your dog, the better. Ideally, you will start your pets on an oral care routine when they are still puppies. Even if you didn’t, you can still work with your pet and teach the dog to participate during the cleanings.
You should read up on how to do it and watch some videos to ensure that you understand the best ways to approach your animal and to maneuver the tooth brush.
Over time, you will find that it is much easier for you to do. The dog will understand what to expect, and remain patient while you get the cleaning completed. Additional visits to the vet on a regular basis will help to ensure the lifelong health and happiness of all of your dear canine friends.