Your dog’s dental hygiene is just as important for them as your own dental care. Proper dental care reduces the chances of oral diseases and ailments associated with digestive, pulmonary, urinary and even respiratory systems.
We understand that not all dogs enjoy getting their teeth cleaned that’s why we put together this list of the things needed to effectively care for your dog’s dental health.
Whether you have a pup or a senior dog who is too afraid of toothbrushes, we’ve got you covered.
1. Stick to a schedule
Make brushing a habit of your dog by cultivating it as early as young age. You need to have a clear schedule of when to brush their teeth and stick to it so that it will become a routine as they grow old.
We know that making this into a habit is not an easy task, that’s why you need to make an effort in doing it. Whether you put reminders in your phone, the fridge or even in the car, make sure it is always followed.
By making this a habit, it won’t be easy to break this once it is established.
2. You can use your fingers
If your dog really hates brushing to the point that he runs away once a toothbrush is sighted, then you can use your fingers. This is with the assumption that your dog allows your fingers to be in his mouth so that there would be no problems.
You can gently wipe your dog’s teeth with a clean cloth to remove plaque or some other dirt build-up. You can also put toothpaste in the cloth and do this every day as this is an alternative to a toothbrush. This is better than your dog not cleaning his teeth at all since it will result in dental problems.
3. Patience is key
When you didn’t train your dog at an early age to get used to brushes, then it will be harder for you as he grows older.
Training your dog to open his mouth requires time and patience. At first, try opening slowly and then giving him treats as reward for his good work. This will ease up the process as your dog will become eager to practice this.
When you can brush his teeth without any problems, this is a sign that this has become a habit. But this is really a long process so you should not give up whenever there are issues. It will surely take a while for your dog to develop this habit but the reward is definitely great.
4. Don’t be afraid to go to your veterinarian
People often neglect their duties with their pup’s dental care simply because they don’t remember it or they don’t realize the importance of this until there are visible problems. This should not be the case since as an owner, you should know beforehand all the things your dog needs.
But when if your dog has never had gone to the vet to check his dental health, then it is time to do so. Since your dog haven’t had a professional dental visit, this is necessary in order to assess the dental health and any underlying symptoms of diseases you don’t know about just in case.
The saying “Prevention is better than cure” is always true but if it comes past that, do not be afraid to go to the vet to consult.