Your dog’s hygiene is just as crucial in keeping your dog healthy as it is for you. According to the American Veterinary Dental College, most dogs show signs of periodontal disease at the age of three. The early indication of the condition is usually bad breath. Your pup deserves to be happy and healthy! So, if you’re not sure where to start or what to do, here are a few tips!
Brush their teeth
It sounds simple, but it’s essential. Brushing their teeth will prevent the buildup of plaque on their teeth. The more often you brush their teeth, the better, although it doesn’t need to be every day. It can take some getting used to for the both of you, but you will both be trained eventually.
Start with rubbing their teeth with a soft cloth or gauze pad. This will help your pet get used to brushing. Then, work up to a pet toothbrush. Do not use regular toothpaste and make sure to get their gums thoroughly.
There are plenty of toys that have teeth-cleaning properties, but the simple act of chewing on the toys helps to scrape the plaque off as well. Any toy they can chew on and play with will do the trick, and your dog’s mouth will thank you.
Your vet knows what’s best for your dog’s teeth, so sometimes a professional cleaning is the best bet. If there are any issues with your dog’s oral health, they’ll be able to treat it then and there. Having your vet clean your dog’s teeth might not be the cheapest option or something to do all the time, but it’s is a good idea once in a while to keep an eye on your dog’s health.
Watch for warning signs
The warning signs are clear when it comes to gum and teeth problems. As mentioned above, bad breath is one of the number one signs. The other ones include:
- Mouth sensitivity
- Loss of appetite
- Loose or missing teeth
- Difficulty chewing
- Pawing at the mouth or face
- Bleeding or inflamed gums
- Brown or yellow deposits on their teeth
If you see any warning signs, make sure you call your vet right away. If you need dog training or daycare, Dog Day Afternoon would love to be here for you! Good luck getting and keeping your pet’s teeth clean!