Of course your dog has become a very important and loved member of your family. He provides companionship and devotion to you without asking for very much in return. Like me you want your dog to stay around for as long as possible, so keeping him healthy is important isn’t it?
There is one thing that6 many people forget about when it comes to taking care of their dogs and that is that their teeth also need to be taken care of.
We all know that wild dogs keep their teeth free from plaque because they chew on raw bones.
They are a natural scraper of the plaque that also helps to remove any soft meat that may get stuck in their teeth and which would normally cause unhealthy bacteria to grow rapidly.
We all need to remember that our dog isn’t like a wild animal and he needs our help to get rid of the bacteria that causes bad breath and other problems. I am guessing that if your dog is like most dogs they generally eat soft canned food or small chunks of the hard food. These aren’t going to provide him with much by way natural teeth care like the raw bones that wild dogs chew on.
If your dog is special to you, help him out and take care of his teeth for him. The first thing you need to do is to let them chew on raw bones regularly. I would suggest that you think about doing so at least a couple of times a week.
It doesn’t have to be your soup bone or something from the steak you have just eaten! It could be a rawhide bone you can find in your local pet store. They’ll instinctively chew on the bone and the plaque can easily be scraped off and any soft meat that may be stuck between their teeth will get loosened up before any problems can occur.
If the bone isn’t working, or if they just aren’t interested in chewing on bones, then you should take his mouth care into your own hands and brush them with toothpaste. Don’t give him the same toothbrush and toothpaste that you would use.
You can find special brushes and toothpaste for your dog at the local pet store. Brushing them daily is preferred, but if it’s not feasible, then brush them at least 3-4 times weekly.
Scrub the teeth well and massage the gums also to provide for good circulation within his gums. Get rid of any food that gets stuck in his teeth. The hard, dry food is always better than soft food when it comes to cleaning his teeth. It’s not a substitute for proper cleaning, but it does help to some degree, so make sure he gets to ingest dry food as well as soft, canned versions. Even dog biscuits can help since they’re hard and dry and can help remove any plaque.
You should also have the vet inspect his mouth and teeth every time you take your dog in for a checkup. The vet can spot anything that you may have missed and will be able to offer advice on how to clean the teeth better or as to what foods you could give to your dog to naturally help clean the teeth and keep bacteria at bay.
As with humans it’s better to treat the teeth before things get out of hand and get more expensive for your pocketbook. Keep your dog around for your family for as long as you possibly can by keeping him healthy and keeping his teeth healthy, too.