5 Ways To Keep Your Dog’s Teeth Healthy

Dogs aren’t very concerned about having perfect, white teeth. Fido will still be adorable with a crooked smile! However, dental issues are just as painful for our canine pals as they are for us. Doggy dental care is very important! Here, a Michigan City, IN vet offers a few tips on keeping Fido’s teeth healthy.

Brushing

Brushing Fido’s teeth is a great way to keep them clean and healthy! You’ll need to get a pet toothbrush and toothpaste. Never use human products on your canine buddy. Our toothbrushes aren’t angled right for dogs, and our toothpastes can be toxic to them. You’ll need to get your pooch used to the idea, of course. At first, just rub his teeth and gums gently. Incorporate lots of praise and ear scritches, so he forms a good association with the process. Once your pet has gotten used to that, start using the toothpaste and then, finally, his toothbrush. Offer your furry friend a yummy treat after, to sweeten the deal.

Dental Products

Some dogs just want no part of having their teeth brushed. If Fido isn’t having it, you have other options. Dental-formula treats, kibble, and chews all promote good oral health. Oral rinses and dental flakes can also help. Ask your vet for more information.

Water

Making sure Fido always has fresh water is important for many reasons. However, it’s absolutely crucial for his oral health. (Note: Some dogs prefer to drink running water. Consider getting your pup a doggy fountain.)

Exams

We recommend having Fido’s teeth examined by a vet at least once a year. In between appointments, keep an eye out for signs of trouble. Some common ones include bad breath; ropy or excessive drool; tartar buildup; bloody smears on toys and dishes; and swelling. You may also notice some behavioral issue, such as grumpiness, reduced interest in play, and changes in eating habits.

Chew Toys

Chewing is very good for Fido, assuming that he’s chewing on appropriate objects. It will keep his jaws strong, and stimulate the flow of saliva, which will help clean his teeth. Provide appropriate chew toys. (Tip: put some pet toothpaste on a chew, and let your canine friend have at it.)

Please contact us, your Michigan City, IN vet clinic, with any questions or concerns about caring for your dog’s teeth. We are here to help!

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