How to improve your Dog’s Dental Health
We have created this infographic for a better visual understanding of the 5 Tips on how to improve your dog’s dental health. If you are a responsible pet owner, read them thoroughly and also consult with your veterinarian.
February is National Pet Dental Health Month, so you can take your dog for a check up! 🙂
BRUSH YOUR DOG’S TEETH
Daily toothbrushing can contribute to the control of tartar and bacteria build-up. Here are some things to take into account:
- Use a toothbrush and toothpaste that is specifically for dogs.
- If your dog is new to toothbrushing, it’s essential to introduce it at your dog’s pace. The process of introduction might take a few weeks.
- Get your pet used to the taste of toothpaste and then, once your dog feels comfortable, introduce the toothbrush.
- It’s recommended that you start the habit of brushing your pooch’s teeth in puppyhood so that it will become part of their routine from an early stage.
Dental treats have a special design, texture and active ingredients to prevent the accumulation of tartar and plaque during chewing. Some points to consider:
- Make sure to choose the right size for your dog to avoid intestinal obstructions and contact your veterinarian if you have any concerns.
- Dental chews should be used in conjunction with toothbrushing.
- Some dental treats are high in calories, so it’s important to moderate their intake.
Water additives are antibacterial and help freshen the breath. A couple of tips:
- Make sure to change the water every day.
- Water additives should also be used in along with toothbrushing.
REGULAR VET EXAMINATIONS
One of the best ways to keep your pets healthy is to have regular check-ups with your vet. Some things to keep in mind:
- It would be best if you visit your veterinarian at least once a year.
- You vet may suggest performing scale and polish yearly to prevent any condition.
It’s essential to provide your pet with a balanced diet according to their particular needs. If your canine friend is prone to dental problems, dental care diets may be the best option. A few facts:
- Dental kibble has a unique texture and shape that requires the dog to masticate while it cleans the tooth.
- The Veterinary Oral Health Council provides a list of approved products that can aid the elimination of tartar and plaque.