Many owners overlook the importance of oral hygiene when it comes to keeping their pets healthy, as a dog owner you need to remember that teeth brushing are the foundation of good oral health and the best way to avoid serious life-threatening conditions. For example, 80% of dogs show signs of canine periodontal disease as early as age three and sadly some signs go unnoticed by owners because they don’t realize how severe it can get.
Having good dental care at home will make your dog have a happier and longer life, and the only thing you need to do is cleaning their teeth, which is surprisingly easy even on a busy schedule. Read below these easy ways to clean your dog's teeth!
Even if you don’t have time to brush your dog's teeth, at least doing it once a week will help a lot, though doing it more times is better, this is the most effective way for you to fend off plaque before it turns tartar, very common in pets with bad dental health. A lot of pets learn to tolerate teeth cleanings, at first it could be a challenge but the more you do it, they will get used to it. Also using specifically designed pet toothbrushes and toothpaste will increase the chances of your pet likes cleaning their teeth faster.
It’s important that if you are bruising your dog's teeth you use toothpaste specifically designed for them, human toothpaste contains toxic ingredients that could cause significant harm for dogs or cats. A toothpaste made for them can come in different flavors that your pet would probably love. You can always try different combinations of toothpaste and toothbrushes to see which one your pet and you like the best.
Dogs love treats, and dental treats are a great way to improve their dental health. Dental treats can clean your pet’s teeth while also stimulate their natural cravings, they come in different sizes and shapes, and even will help fid into crevices between their teeth to encourage blood flow through the gums, surely you will find one that your pet loves.
To keep your dog busy and entertained while also clean their teeth, chew toys are one of the best solutions. A chew toy can satisfy their natural instincts to chew and at the same time help improve their dental health. Chewing is considered a natural way for pets, especially dogs, to clean the teeth since the constant gnawing can scrapes buildup on their teeth and in the crevices.
The best way to ensure your dog’s dental health is to take them for a professional cleaning. All pets need oral exams and cleanings at least once per year, that way your veterinarian would be able to check for early warning signs of any problems. At Salazar Veterinary in Orlando our staff will help you know what’s best for your dog’s teeth, and how often a deep clean will be needed. It's important to remove the plaque below the gum line safely, where toothbrushes or dental treats can’t reach. You can do any of the different options mentioned to clean your pet’s teeth but a professional dental clean shouldn’t be ignored.
If you haven’t had your pet’s teeth checked, you can schedule an appointment at Salazar Veterinary, and learn what your and your pet need! Contact us today (407)807-6611!