When it comes to your dog's health, there's no doubt you want what is absolutely best for them. There are many things that might spring immediately to your mind when you first think of your dog's health, deworming, have your dog's receive up to date shot, making sure they are neutered, etc. One of the most overlooked things that are good for your dog's health is making sure that your dog's teeth are healthy. Throughout the course of this brief article, you'll learn about 4 ways to keep your dog's teeth healthy.
Visit A Professional Pet Teeth Cleaner
Just like humans, dogs should have their teeth checked out by a professional (such as Brian E Hall) every now and then. It is recommended that you have your veterinarian check your pet's teeth at least once a year in order to make sure that they're in good working order and are plenty healthy. During this examination, your vet will check your pet's medical record, then ask you if you've noticed anything awry with their oral health (anything such as soreness or redness of gums, or unusual breath). The doctor then will examine your dog's head and neck and then make his or her way to the mouth itself, examining the teeth and gums of your dog.
Dog Treats and Toys
There are plenty of dog treats and toys that are specifically tailored to help clean your pet's teeth and make sure that they are in good working order and plenty healthy. Using treats and toys is not nearly as efficient or healthy as doing the dirty work of making sure that your pet's teeth are clean yourself, but these things can contribute to your dog living a healthy life and ensuring that their teeth stay nice and clean. The Veterinary Oral Health Council has a seal on all products that they have personally approved. Make sure that any product you purchase has their seal in order to ensure the best possible health for your pet's teeth.
Brush Your Pet's Teeth
When it comes down to it, the fact of the matter is, the best thing you can do for your pet's teeth is to do the dirty work yourself. It is highly recommended that you brush your dog's teeth on a regular basis. Make sure that you purchase a toothpaste that is specifically tailored for dogs. Human toothpaste is neither healthy nor safe for your dog. Take the time to let your dog become acclimated to the toothbrush, as well. Let him or her sniff about it, and let him or her know what you're going to do with the toothbrush before you go about poking it into their mouth. Letting your dog get used to the toothbrush before using it is absolutely imperative, as your dog might feel unsafe at first.
Don't Ignore Bad Breath
Many people think that their dog's breath being bad is normal. While it is normal that your dog should probably not have the best smelling breath in the world, you should be aware that foul odors can be a sign of some form of oral health disorder, such as kidney disease or diabetes, so you should keep a regular eye (or in this case, nose) on what your dog's breath smells like. If there is any odor that is excessively smelly or foul smelling, then you should take your dog to the vet right away. This could be a sign that is something is incredibly wrong with your pet's oral hygiene or health.
When it comes to your pet's health, never forget about their oral health. Hopefully, this brief article has shed some light on what you can do in order to ensure that your dog's oral hygiene remains as healthy as the rest of their body. Happy pet owning!