Maintaining Your Dog’s Dental Health

We all know that regular brushing and flossing are a necessary part of our everyday routine. But did you know that dogs also need regular teeth cleaning? You can perform many dog-related teeth maintenance yourself, but if your pooch has chronic bad breath, lots of tartar buildup or loose teeth, they may need to see a veterinarian for a closer look and treatment plan.

Brush Every Week to Prevent Tartar Build-Up

Although they may not enjoy it very much at first, it isn’t that difficult to brush a dog’s teeth. Try using a “finger” brush that fits right on the tip of your finger. The bristles are soft and rubbery and they’ll help remove plaque and tartar build-up. You can find flavored toothpaste at your local pet store that your pooch will love. Be sure not to use human toothpaste as it could be toxic to your dog.

Professional Veterinary Dental Cleanings

Just like you and I, dogs can have a veterinary dental cleaning every six months. If your dog has serious underlying issues with their teeth, the veterinarian may recommend regular professional cleanings. In this scenario, your pet would be anesthetized to makes it easier and faster to take X-Rays, remove tartar, polish teeth, clean underneath the gum line, and to extract any loose or infected teeth. Typically, blood work is performed beforehand to ensure there won’t be any complications while your pet is under anesthesia.

Preventative Dental Care for Your Dog

In between your weekly brushing and professional cleanings, try using Dentastyx or Greenies. These yummy chews help break down tartar buildup and reduce bad breath. Although we can’t avoid the inevitable effects of aging in our pet, following a weekly cleaning regiment will keep your dog happy and healthy.