Three Tips for Canine Dental Care
Just like humans, dogs need quality dental care throughout their entire lives. Cavities, infections, and other dental woes can happen to dogs just as they can with humans. But unlike humans, dogs can’t brush their teeth themselves or make regular appointments with the dentist. They need their humans to take care of these things for them.
Luckily, caring for your dog’s teeth doesn’t have to be hard. We’ve come up with three strong tips to get you started. Have a look below, and if you have questions or think your furry friend’s smile could use a professional once-over, let us know.
- Brush your dog’s teeth regularly.
You brush your teeth twice a day, and while you don’t need to brush your dog’s teeth quite that often, they should still be well acquainted with the toothbrush. You can train your dog to tolerate this just as you trained them to handle regular nail trims. Make sure you use toothpaste specifically formulated for dogs (human toothpaste is often toxic to them), and use a toothbrush made for dogs. You can also try a dog tooth wipe if brushing is too difficult.
- Let treats and chews do some of the work for you.
You love to spoil your dog with treats - so why not pick treats that do double duty, showing your pooch just how much they’re loved and cleaning their teeth? Dog chews can have a similar effect, with the added benefit of preventing your dog from chewing on the things you love. There are dozens of options on the market, so talk to your vet to narrow down the search, and then experiment with a few to see what your dog likes best.
- Ask your vet for a professional dental cleaning.
You can brush and floss your own teeth like a champ, but you’ll still need to see the dentist for professional cleanings. The same holds true for your dog. Be sure to ask your vet to include dental checkups and cleanings in your pet’s full health workup. If the vet finds problems, they’ll know just what to do to get your dog (and you) smiling again.
At Companion Animal Hospital, we love putting smiles on the faces of pooches and their humans. Whether you’re concerned about your dog’s dental health or you want to start things off on the right foot with a new puppy, we’d be happy to help. Make an appointment with us today to get started!