While most pet parents put a lot of effort into providing their furry friends high-quality food and daily needed exercise to keep fido healthy, dog dental health is often disregarded. Dogs, just like humans, can have plaque and tartar buildup too. With that said, their teeth need cleaning as well and since they cannot do it themselves, we need to help maintain their dog dental health regularly.
Plaque and tartar buildup can sometimes result in certain dental problems which may eventually lead to health issues such as kidney, liver or heart disease. If you want to keep your precious pooch in tip-top shape, it is definitely important to address dog dental health. You wouldn’t want to put your furry friend’s health at risk, would you?
5 Useful Tips to Maintain Dog Dental Health
It may not be easy at all times to convince your four-legged pal in brushing his teeth but there are other options you can do to keep dog dental health at its best. I had my fair share of difficulty brushing my dogs’ teeth. As you get the hang of being a pet parent, you’ll learn how to deal with these kinds of stuff. Let me share with you some tips:
1. Start Dental Routine Early
Ideally, all sorts of training and routine such as potty training or crate training should be done as early as possible. As a pup, they still haven’t developed any routines of their own yet. If you introduce a dental routine to your furry friend while he’s still a pup, it will be a lot easier for him to get used to the idea of brushing teeth.
2. Feed Him Carrots
Aside from being rich in antioxidants which is good for your pooch’s health, carrots can help battle bad breath as it aids in removing plaque from your dog’s teeth. In addition, carrots can also help keep your dog’s teeth strong and healthy.
If you have a teething pup, you can give him frozen carrots to make his gums feel good. Although, you must remember to feed your furry friend in moderation. Too much of anything can be bad for your dog’s health.
3. Provide Chew Toys
Chew toys can help keep your dog’s teeth and gums strong and healthy. Rope bones, for instance, can floss your furry friend’s teeth without him noticing it as he plays. Keep your dog entertained with his chew toy while getting his teeth cleaned. Hitting two birds with one stone, eh?
However, you must always ensure your dog’s safety. Avoid giving him objects that are too hard as it may lead to broken teeth.
4. Give Special Dental Diet If Necessary
If you haven’t established a dental routine (or sometimes even if you have) with your dog, it may be difficult at times convincing him to brush his teeth. Most dogs don’t find brushing teeth a fun thing to do. Luckily, there are yummy treats you can give him to fight plaque and tartar buildup. These dental treats are easily available in the market so if you have a problem brushing your dog’s teeth, dental treats are an excellent alternative.
5. Visit Your Vet for Professional Cleaning
A good head start in establishing a dental routine is by visiting your vet for a professional cleaning. Some pet parents haven’t given attention to dog dental health but it’s never too late to engage in an oral hygiene routine. Taking your dog to the veterinarian is one of the best steps to take.
Also, even if your dog has no known dental problems, it is still highly recommended to take him to the vet at least once or twice a year to have it checked.