One aspect of canine health care which new or inexperienced dog owners seem to know the least about is dental hygiene- and yet it is a crucial part of keeping your dog in tip top condition. No matter how smart your dog is, it’s never going to be able to brush its own teeth- so you are going to have to help it maintain a healthy set of teeth and gums. Here are some top tips to ensure that you do just that.
Not many dogs enjoy having their teeth cleaned- but the easiest way to ensure that they are not uncomfortable with it, is by getting them used to it when they are a puppy. Instilling positive behaviour is much easier when your pet is young, this is exactly why you get them used to wearing dog collars when they are a puppy. As the saying goes- you can’t teach an old dog new tricks!
Do not use human toothpaste
Dogs have completely different dental requirements to our own and as a result human toothpaste should be avoided completely. More importantly, the vast majority of human toothpaste contains fluoride- a substance which is extremely poisonous to dogs. There are loads of specialist doggy toothpastes on the market- you can shop for them at Dogscorner.co.uk or other online dog stores.
Dental toys and treats
There are absolutely loads of toys and treats which have been designed to help promote dental hygiene. This can range from textured chew sticks to knotted rope toys. Even a good old fashioned bone will help to keep your dog’s teeth and gums in good shape. However, it is of the upmost importance that you do not misunderstand the role of such products. They exist to help in a wider programme of good dental hygiene practices- and absolutely not as something which can keep teeth and gums healthy in isolation.
Consult with your vet
Your vet should not be someone that you only see when your dog is in distress but someone you have an open discourse with regarding best practice for your dog’s general health- and this includes dental hygiene. Your vet will be able to help you select the correct products and show you the correct methods of keeping those canines nice and clean. If you have one of those dogs that simply refuses to have its teeth cleaned- and we’ve had a few of them ourselves- then they can help figure out alternative means of promoting healthy oral hygiene.