Taking Care of Your Dog’s Teeth

Posted November 21st, 2010 by gemainz

If you are like most other pet owners, you feel that your dog is a member of your family. He provides companionship and devotion to you without asking for much in return. You surely want your dog to have a long, happy life, so you need to make sure you don’t neglect his health.   

The one thing most people forget about in taking care of their dogs is that their teeth also need to be taken care of. We know that wild dogs keep their teeth free from plaque because they chew on raw bones, which are a natural scraper of the plaque that also helps to remove any soft meat that may get stuck in their teeth that would normally cause bacteria to grow rapidly.   

But, your dog is not living in the wild, and he needs a little help to keep bacteria away from his teeth. Your dog probably eats soft canned food and small nuggets, and they aren’t really too much help in cleaning his teeth.   

If your dog is special to you, help him out and take care of his teeth for him. One of the easiest things you can do is to provide raw bones for them to chew on a few times a week.   

It doesn’t have to be your soup bone – it could be a rawhide bone you can find in your local pet store. Chewing on the bone will scrape off the plaque from the teeth, and loosen any bit of meat stuck in between them.   

If they aren’t interested in chewing bones, then you can brush their teeth with toothbrush and toothpaste. Don’t give him the same toothbrush and toothpaste that you would use.   

You can easily find toothbrushes and toothpaste for your dog at the pet store.  

If you can’t brush them every day, try to do it at least 3-4 times a week.   

Make sure you also scrub the gums and not just the teeth, since gum scrubbing helps circulation in the gum. If there are any bits of food stuck in his teeth, make sure you remove them. The hard, dry food is always better than soft food when it comes to cleaning his teeth.   

Even if that’s not the only type of cleaning his teeth will need, hard food will certainly help. You can also give your dog biscuits, since they are hard and they remove plaque.   

Your vet probably checks your dog’s teeth at every check up, but ask just in case. Your vet can talk to you about the best way to keep your dog’s teeth healthy.   

Preventive care is better than having to fix your dog’s teeth if they get really bad. Keep your dog around for your family for as long as you possibly can by keeping him healthy and keeping his teeth healthy, too.   

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