Just like you, dogs need good dental care. Unfortunately, about 85 percent of dogs suffer from some form of periodontal disease by the time that they are four. If you do not want your dog to be in that group, then here are some things that you can do to help.
Let Them Chew
Dogs need something that they can safely chew on that is reasonably hard as it helps remove plaque from their teeth. Some dogs love rawhide and other types of things that they can eat. Others, prefer to chew on a hard rubber ball or another type of chew toy. Avoid things that would hurt you if you banged your knee on them as they are too hard. Also, make sure that the item is big enough that they cannot get choked on it.
Just like you need to brush your teeth once a day, so do dogs. Use a special toothpaste as human toothpaste have ingredients that can be harmful to dogs. Dog toothpaste usually comes in flavors that they love. If they resist the idea of you brushing their teeth, then start by dipping your finger in something that the dog loves and rubbing it around their mouths and gums. Just be careful that you do not end up putting your finger completely in the dog’s mouth.
See a Vet
Your dog should get their first set of teeth by the time that they are 12 weeks old, and their adult teeth between seven and nine months. This is a good time to get a pet consultation as problems can be spotted early. Ignoring them can cause your dog to develop problems. It can also be a good time to make sure you are brushing your dog’s teeth correctly.
Feed Dry Food
Giving your dog dry dog food can help their teeth. The crunching action helps to remove bacteria and plaque from teeth. If you choose to give your dog treats, then make sure that you use ones that are reasonably hard as they offer dental benefits. Keeping your dog a healthy weight is important, so choose treats and food that is appropriate for their body size and level of activity.
If you follow these tips and your own creativity in taking care of your dog’s dental needs, then your dog’s teeth are likely to stay healthy. Your veterinarian may also have more specialized instructions about your dog’s dental care.