4 Ways To Care For Your Dog’s Teeth
Dental hygiene is just as important for dogs as it is for humans. A dog’s mouth can say a lot about their overall health. Being proactive when it comes to your dog’s dental health can save you thousands down the road. Here are some quick tips:
1. Brush Their Teeth
Brushing your dog’s teeth can help reduce tartar build up and freshen their breath! We recommend brushing at least once per week. It is important to use a veterinarian-approved dental gel as human toothpaste can be toxic! If you’re unable to do this at home, you can ask your groomer to add it to your pet’s spa session.
2. Include Mouthwash
Canine-safe mouthwash is an easy alternative to brushing. It can help break down the enzymes of plaque while adding a refreshing scent to your dog’s breath! Again, use a veterinarian-approved mouthwash.
3. Chew-Toys and Bones
Chew-toys and bones are an easy way to get rid of excess buildup on the teeth, especially if you have a dog who doesn’t approve of having their teeth brushed. We always recommend supervised chew sessions with approved, raw bones. Cooked bones are prone to splintering and can be very dangerous!
4. Veterinary Cleanings
We know, dental cleanings can run at least a few hundred dollars, if it is a routine cleaning. But, it is much more costly when your dog needs emergency dental surgery or tooth extractions. An unhealthy mouth can also cause what seem to be “unrelated” health complications, due to the build up of bacteria in the body. We recommend talking to your vet about booking a dental cleaning as a preventative measure!