5 Tips to improve your dog’s dental health

5 Tips to improve your dog’s dental health

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! 🙂

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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 CHEWS

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

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. 

APPROPRIATE DIET

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. 

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