Maintaining Dental Health for Your Dog
When you think of a healthy dog, what do you think? Vaccinations, healthy weight, clean ears and the list goes on. But how often do you think about good dental hygiene? As pet owners, it is our job to ensure that our dogs are living their happiest and healthiest lives.
So, how exactly can you make sure you’re attending to your dog’s dental hygiene? Here are some tips on how to maintain dog dental health.
Add brushing to your dog’s routine.
Believe it or not, brushing your dog’s teeth with a vet recommended toothpaste and a toothbrush is a great way to prevent buildup. We suggest starting this while your dog is still a puppy. However, it’s never too old to start. They likely won’t be fond of the idea at first but remain patient and persistent.
Give your dog dental treats.
If your dog isn’t allowing the brushing, dental treats are a great way to keep their teeth clean. All dogs love treats! And, dental treats allow your dog to have a treat while removing plaque buildup. Another perk to dental treats is that they also keep your dog’s breath smelling fresh!
Educate yourself on dental concerns.
Pay attention to your dog’s gums and breath. While it may sound odd to be snooping around in your dog’s mouth, this is the best way to find signs of any oral diseases. If you notice a change in your dog’s breath, gum color or notice any sores or lumps, you should contact your veterinarian. Just like humans, dogs can get different oral diseases such as halitosis, gingivitis, gum diseases or cancers of the mouth.
Take your dog for a professional cleaning.
It’s never a bad idea to get your dog’s teeth professionally cleaned. Your dog’s veterinarian will give them a thorough cleaning and examine their teeth. Professional cleanings allow the vet to identify any areas of concern that may have been missed or have gone unnoticed. The sooner that problem areas are addressed, the sooner you can work to prevent them.
There are a variety of steps you can take to ensure good dental hygiene for your furry friend. Feeding your dog food made from quality ingredients is one way to keep your dog’s teeth looking clean. Avoid foods full of fats and opt for the bag that has whole-made ingredients. At Joy Dog Food, we offer a variety of healthy options for your canine companion. Check out our product line today.