The health of your dog’s mouth, gums, and teeth should be of utmost important to you, as a dog owner. They use their mouths for eating, playing, and a whole host of other activities, so maintaining its health is vital. Good dental health prevents disease and discomfort for your dog and can prolong life expectancy.
Here are 5 ways in which you can keep your dog’s mouth, gums, and teeth in excellent condition:
1. Start brushing your dog’s teeth early
A grooming routine which includes teeth cleaning should begin with your dogs when they are still puppies. This will make teeth cleaning less foreign for them and easier for you to do when they are older. It is, however, still possible to train an older dog to enjoy the teeth brushing process.
2. Make dog tooth brushing a regular affair
More important than brushing your dog’s teeth every day is, as far as possible, brushing your dog’s teeth at the same time and place every day. This creates routine for your dog and will make tooth brushing an easier and more enjoyable experience for both you and your dog. Also have some treats ready for post-teeth brushing to reward good behavior. VIP Can help, don’t have time to brush your dog’s teeth just ask the front desk and we will do it for you.
If you haven’t brushed your dog’s teeth in a while, you may want to book a teeth scaling appointment an Anesthesia Free Dental this will remove any large tarter deposits.
3. Buy products with VOHC Seal
Toothpastes with the VOHC seal, “Veterinary Oral Health Council”, are the most highly advised types of toothpastes to use for your dog. VOHC approved toothpastes effectively control plaque and contain ingredients safe for dogs if ingested.
4. Use dental dog food and chews between brushing
Over and above a healthy brushing routine for your dog, an option to further your dog’s dental hygiene is to feed them specially formulated pellets and chews to help control plaque and tartar buildup.
5. Schedule regular dental check-ups with your vet.
Just as it is important to take your dog for regular physicals at the vet, it is also important for your dog’s dental health to be checked regularly. Ideally, you should arrange to have their oral health checked on an annual basis to cut off any issues before they cause pain or discomfort.
Whether you have a big dog, small dog, or somewhere-in-between dog, it is vital that you take excellent care of their dental health to ensure that they live a long, happy, pain-free life. They’ll be sure to reward you in tail wags!