Tips to take care of your dog’s teeth

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Caring for your dog’s teeth is essential to maintaining good health although it is often ignored that dogs also require this kind of attention. In expert animal, we know that establishing a routine of oral hygiene for your furry friend is indispensable to not only prevent discomfort such as bad breath and chipped teeth, but also protect against serious diseases. That is why we present these tips on caring for your dog’s teeth for a healthy dog is a happy dog.

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Why take care of your dog’s teeth?

As is the case with humans your dog’s teeth are deteriorating with the passage of time if they do not receive the necessary care which favors the appearance of bad breath, plaque and tartar plus you run the risk that Dog’s teeth are chipped or develop some infections such as gingivitis. These diseases cause discomfort and aggression in your furry friend as well as endanger your life.

You are probably wondering why dogs need to take care of their teeth if in theory they are animals capable of living in the wild. However, you should keep in mind that this was so in the past when a diet based on raw meat, bone and cartilage kept the dog’s teeth healthy and strong while with the domestication and food you offer at home have arisen other problems.

Usually, the dog of medium large and giant size begins to suffer from tartar and plaque from 3 years of age while the toy or small can usually start developing earlier. In either case, implementing an early hygiene routine is crucial to avoiding such inconveniences.

Maintain dog dental hygiene

There are different options you have to take care of your dog’s teeth, and it is necessary to use more than one to achieve a correct hygiene and thus to take care of your dog’s teeth. Dry food for good quality dogs is one of your best options to take care of the dog’s teeth because being crisp and of a certain size does not be stuck in the teeth or stick to the gums. In addition, the ingredients strengthen the denture and promote its growth. Do not miss our article that we detail the best dog.

Avoid excess carbohydrates and never give your dog treats for humans, because they not only make you sick but also are trapped in your teeth. Give your dog bones and cartilage only cow and always raw, this does not only stronger but their teeth clean gums. There are toothbrushes and toothpaste for dogs that you must introduce in the routine of hygiene. Some dog toys are designed to work as toothpaste, while others help remove anything that has been trapped in the mouth. Once or twice a year make an appointment with your veterinarian to do a check of your dog’s teeth.

A no dog in principle will like to try to put your fingers in your mouth, there lies the importance of accustom the dog to the routine of brushing from puppyhood. Your puppy’s teeth will not appear completely until he is about 6 or 8 months old, but brushing training can begin earlier.

From a little boy and for about 5 minutes every day, try to accustom your puppy to manipulate its mouth, delicately introducing your fingers and rubbing your teeth gently. It will annoy you, but you’ll soon feel normal. When the denture is complete, you can start with a soft bristle brush. If your dog is already adult it will take a little longer to get used to this, but do not give up and have patience.

General Recommendations for Caring for the Dog’s Teeth

In addition to the above advice to take care of your dog’s teeth, we advise you to keep in mind the following recommendations: Always use a soft bristle brush made for dogs. Remember to change it when necessary. Never use human toothpaste because the high content of fluorine is toxic to your dog. Acquire in any pet store those that are formulated for dogs. Brush your dog’s teeth once a week, always after he has played or finished eating.

Add apple and raw carrots to your diet as they help clean your teeth. More information in our article on the fruits and vegetables recommended for dogs. Cleaning toys must be made of nylon or natural rubber; Make sure they are not too hard if your dog is still a puppy. Prevent your dog from biting shoes or other household objects, as they wear their teeth.


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My name is Dr. Winnie. I earned a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Duke University, a Masters of Science in Biology from St Georges University, and graduated from the University of Pretoria Veterinary School in South Africa. I have been an animal lover and owners all my life having owned a Rottweiler named Duke, a Pekingese named Athena and now a Bull Mastiff named George, also known as big G! I'm also an amateur equestrian and love working with horses. I'm a full-time Veterinarian in South Africa specializing in internal medicine for large breed dogs. I enjoy spending time with my husband, 2 kids and Big G in my free time. Author and Contribturor at SeniorTailWaggers, A Love of Rottweilers, DogsCatsPets and TheDogsBone