Looking After Your Dogs Teeth
You can tell the age of a dog just by looking at their teeth. However, dental hygiene is something that is often forgotten when it comes to dogs. Neglecting your dog's teeth can lead to plaque and gum infections, which will make life very uncomfortable for your pooch. Their teeth will need more care and attention as they get older, young pups usually have pink gums and bright white teeth. Keeping your dog's teeth clean isn't as hard as you might think. There are a few simple steps to making sure your dog has healthy looking teeth. Here are some of the things you can do.
Bones and hide dog chews are an excellent way of naturally cleaning your dog's teeth. Buy them some bones and things that they can chew on a regular basis. This not only helps improve the condition of their teeth but it will keep them occupied for a short while. Dogs love to chew things, if you give them a bone they are less likely to chew your sofa!
Believe it or not dogs also benefit from having their teeth brushed regularly. It clears some of the debris and plaque stuck in their teeth and keeps their breath smelling fresh. You will need to get your dog used to having their teeth brushed from an early age so that they are not overwhelmed by the experience. You can get meat flavour toothpaste to try and tempt your dog and turn teeth cleaning into a positive experience.
Fresh Breath Products
There are lots of different fresh breath products on the market designed specifically for dogs. If your dog is suffering with bad breath or plaque then try a fresh breath product. You can get gels, sprays and powders that you can put in your dogs food.
Diet can also have a significant impact on the health of your dog’s teeth. Try and feed your dog a high quality food that is low in sugar, fat and anything artificial. Check the labels of the treats you are giving your dog to make sure they are made from quality ingredients as some dog treats can be bad for their teeth.
Regular Check Ups
When you take your dog for a checkup at the vets ask them to check their teeth. They will prescribe something if they feel your dog’s teeth need it, or give you helpful dietary advice. You can also check your dog's teeth regularly. Look for any signs of sore gums, bleeding gums or excessive plaque buildup.