Guest Post by Matt from PetHairPtrol.com
Your pet is your fur-baby — it may feel like a lessened responsibility of a human baby, but there are still some parenting duties a dog dad or mom has to keep their pup healthy.
Just like with humans, regular cleaning and attention to oral health can help keep your dog happy and healthy—especially when they need a strong bite to play, protect, and do what they do best—chew on things.
Not only does regular cleaning help keep your dog’s teeth healthy, but it can also prevent dental disease that can be harmful to your pet’s health.
If you already notice some plaque and tartar buildup happening after your dog’s just gobbled up a meal, this plaque needs to be cleaned at the latest five days after it’s begun to form, or else it might stick around as tartar. Tartar can then lead to periodontal diseases or gingivitis in dogs.
Especially with your pup patiently waiting (or running away from you as fast as he or she can), you’ll need to equip yourself with the knowledge about how to remove plaque from your dog’s teeth before bracing yourself with a puppy brush.
Tips on How to Remove Plaque from Dog’s Teeth
- Use dog-tooth wipes: Before you get in there with a brush, tooth wipes can help remove plaque on the surface of your dog’s teeth.
Although they won’t give you a full, in-depth cleaning as a brush will, this is a simple solution if you’re looking for a fast fix and can be the first step of an in-depth cleaning. Having your finger in there with something delicious on it (like peanut butter) can help ease the process and get your dog feeling comfortable with your fingers in her or his mouth.
- Use a doggy toothbrush: You don’t need to do this daily—two or three times a week is plenty—but if you want to add a good brushing on his or her daily schedule, that couldn’t hurt!
However, make sure you’re not using human tools for the task—you’ll need to invest in a specifically made-for-dogs toothbrush and toothpaste—especially since human toothpaste is particularly toxic for our fur-babies.
There are many options to choose from, and you can find some of the best ones here.
- Give them dental treats or chews: Another tasty and easy way to remove tartar and help keep your pup’s teeth clean would be to disguise maintaining oral hygiene with dental treats.
Designed specifically to help remove plaque buildup, these treats can also do wonders on stinky breathe!
Another great thing about dental treats is that you can give these to your dog daily! So even if you don’t have the time, patience, or energy to brush your pup’s teeth every day, you can give them a chew treat instead.
The chews are also beneficial for oral hygiene since they not only scrape off the plaque as treats do; the high-quality treats usually contain enzymes that help promote dental health.
- Invest in a professional cleaning: Just like your dog needs to be groomed on a regular basis to look happy and feel healthy, professional cleaning by a veterinarian can equate to the same healthy meaning of a professional, private dentist cleaning.
Professional dental cleaning should be done on a regular basis to help keep your dog healthy when it comes to oral hygiene—the vet can also help prevent, locate or even treat issues that you (or your dog) might not have even noticed before.
- Diet can make a difference: Although you might have wet food on your dog’s menu during his or her daily eating regimen, dry food can help clean the teeth or keep the teeth clean.
Kibbles that are designed to promote chewing can help improve dental hygiene on a daily basis!
We hope these tips have helped you as an owner to maintain your dog’s clean teeth (and good breath)!
You can also invest in a few safe, chew toys that can help promote healthy jaw action, build and grow strong teeth that are constantly chewing and be a fun alternative to help remove tartar from your dog’s teeth without them even noticing that it’s caring for their oral hygiene.