Looking after your dogs teeth is an essential responsibility for all loving dog owners. There are popular theories that a dogs mouth is cleaner than humans but they can still develop common problems such as plaque, tartar and gingivitis. Canine dental problems, if not treated, can lead to more serious infections and even heart, liver and kidney disease. The following tips are recommended to give you some guidance if you are unsure how and where to start.
When to Start?
The team at romypets recommend starting when they are a puppy so they can get used to the process as they grow older and actually start to enjoy the feeling and taste.
How to Brush?
Our experience has found late evening is the best time to brush your dogs teeth for the first few times as they tend to be more inclined to sit still and not have boundless energy, as some dogs do in the morning and throughout the day.
Make sure you start slowly and don't try and force the issue if your dog does become agitated. Don't worry about stopping and starting again next day, little by little you can increase the time each day. We have found rewarding your dog with a dog treat after the event ensures that the dog realises this is something they will eventually look forward too.
What toothpaste to use?
Rule number 1 - DO NOT USE human toothpaste as it contains Floride, which is potentially dangerous to dogs. Some of the most popular brands are developed by Arm & Hammer and Beaphar but there are other great brands available on the market. We also recommend using the dog specific toothbrushes or finger brushes.
What dog food strengthens teeth?
Dry dog food is designed to improve your dogs oral hygiene as Soft Dog Food can stick to the teeth and cause decay. There are so many different varieties of dry dog food out there so make sure you choose the right range for your dog.
When to check your dogs teeth?
It does not harm to spot check your dogs teeth once a week and if you see any of the following signs then we recommend a visit to your local Vet - Yellow tartar on the gumline, bad breath, new lumps or bumps in their mouth, excessive drooling, scratching of the mouth with their paws or anything else you think does not look as it should.
We hope these quick and easy tips help you care for your dogs teeth!