Say Woof! Dental Care For Dogs
Nov 6, 2017 // By:admin // No Comment
Does your dog’s breath leave something to be desired? Mine sure does. His teeth have been cleaned more than mine. He is 13 years old now and I wish I had paid more attention to his dental needs as a puppy. Bad dog breath is more than just a cosmetic problem. Foul smelling breath can also indicate a more serious health problem. Dogs, like humans, can greatly benefit from good oral hygiene. We have tips to get your pup’s breath smelling fresh and keep your pet healthier in the process.
A Healthy Mouth and Life Expectancy
A healthy mouth may mean a healthier pet overall. Dental diseases can progress to other serious health problems that affect the kidneys, heart and lungs. When you exercise good oral hygiene with your pet, you may be able to increase his life expectancy. Yet statistics show that two-thirds of all pet owners may not practice regular dental care with their pets. The American Veterinary Dental Society reports that up to 80% of dogs and 70% of cats may show signs of dental disease in their early years of life. This problem may have a serious impact on how long your pets are part of your family!
What Your Veterinarian can do
Your vet is just one line of defense in preventing dental disease in your pet. You should schedule your dog or cat for regular cleanings at the vet’s office, beginning in the first couple of years of your pet’s life. Your veterinarian can provide complete oral examinations to detect problems in the early stages while they are still very treatable. He can also offer scaling, polishing and fluoride treatments to keep your pet’s teeth strong, clean and bacteria free.
What You can do
Home dental care is another important element in good oral hygiene for your pet. First, get your pet used to oral care by sticking your finger in a bit of yummy brew like chicken bouillon and rubbing it gently on your pet’s teeth. As your pooch or kitty gets used to the feel of your finger, add a piece of gauze over it and continue to work over your pet’s teeth. You can also use pet dental wipes for this purpose. Focus specifically on the area around the gum line, where food debris and plaque tend to build up.
By following this process slowly and gently, you will gradually be able to introduce a soft bristle pet toothbrush and pet toothpaste to the routine. Never use toothpaste for people on your dog or cat’s teeth, since these formulas can possible make your pet sick. The entire brushing process shouldn’t take more than a minute or two and should be repeated nearly every day for best results.
In between brushings, you can help your pet maintain his healthy teeth with pet dental chews designed for this purpose. These sticks aid in pet plaque control and can be a fun chewing activity for your dog at the same time.
Good oral hygiene is essential for your pet’s health. By following these simple steps, you can effectively control the dreaded “dog breath” and add a few years to your dog’s life expectancy in the process.
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