At-Home Care for Your Dog’s Teeth and Gums
February 9, 2023
Maintaining good oral hygiene for your pet is just as important as it is for you. Taking care of your dog’s teeth and gums not only helps to prevent dental disease, but can also improve their overall health. Here are some tips on how to keep your pup’s smile bright and healthy at home.
Brushing Your Dog’s Teeth
Brushing your pet’s teeth is the best way to reduce plaque and tartar buildup, prevent gum disease, and maintain fresh breath. The key to brushing your pet’s teeth successfully is consistency; try finding a routine that works best for both of you. Start by getting your pup used to having their mouth handled while offering treats or rewards, then gradually add the toothbrush and toothpaste when they are comfortable.
Some dogs may not tolerate having their mouths touched at first, so don’t be discouraged if it takes longer than expected. It might help to have someone else hold them still, or better yet address any underlying medical issues prior to brushing (if applicable). Alternate between short sessions with lots of treats and praise throughout each session for best results.
Dental Treats & Chews
Giving your dog dental chews or treats can help reduce plaque buildup between professional cleanings while providing them with something enjoyable they look forward to every day. Look out for chews formulated specifically for pets that contain natural enzymes designed to clean teeth as they chew; many brands offer products specifically suited for different sized dogs with varying chewing abilities. Be sure to supervise playtime with these treats as there is a potential choking hazard involved in certain cases if consumed too quickly!
Oral Rinse & Spray
There are several oral rinses available that help get rid of bad breath in pets without scrubbing the teeth whatsoever – perfect for those pups who won’t let you brush their teeth! These products contain ingredients such as chlorhexidine gluconate which kills bacteria on contact and freshens breath naturally. You can also apply an oral spray directly onto an object such as a toy or treat instead – this method is even quicker since no rinse or swishing is needed afterward! Just make sure whatever product you use contains natural ingredients safe enough for consumption by pets (such as a blend of essential oils).
Once you have established good at-home dental care habits, regularly visiting the vet should be part of your routine pet care plan. Seeing an experienced veterinarian twice a year will ensure any existing oral problems are identified early on before they turn into more serious conditions which require specialized treatment like extractions or surgeries – all the more reason why keeping up with regular brushing sessions are so important!
By following these simple guidelines and consulting with your vet about any concerns, you can help maintain optimal dental health for your pup – leading to fresher breath and healthier smiles all around!
Visit Royal Pets Market & Resort for a broad selection of products to help you maintain your dog’s dental health. Be sure to discuss your pet’s particular needs with one of our professionally trained and knowledgeable employees.
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