• How To care For Your Dog’s Teeth

    Posted on March 25th, 2013
    admin No comments

    Caring for your dog’s teeth.

    Clear the Air would like to share some helpful tips to caring for your dog’s teeth. Avoid disease with these helpful tips:

    Starting a dental care routine as early as possible in your dog’s life will help him get used to the feeling of having his teeth brushed and inspected. Puppies have 28 deciduous teeth that typically fall out by about six months of age. By this time, your dog should be getting his teeth brushed regularly.

    Here are some important tips to keep in mind when brushing your dog’s teeth:

    • Use a “finger brush” or special long toothbrush designed for use on dogs. When starting out with brushing, the finger brush can help ease your dog into it, as these do not feel as awkward as hard brushes.
    • Don’t ever use human toothpaste to brush your dog’s teeth – it can make your dog sick. Use special enzymatic toothpaste made especially for dogs. The same goes for oral rinses. You can pick these up at The Country Feed Store.
    • Plaque begins to turn into tartar / calculus within 24-48 hours, so daily brushing is recommended. Work your dog’s tooth brushing into your own routine – consider brushing his teeth around the same time you do yours so it will be easier to remember.
    • Before you begin, ask your veterinarian to show you some techniques to make tooth brushing easier on you and your dog.

    If you are not able to brush your dog’s teeth, there are other options. Consider using oral rinses made especially for dogs. You can also purchase special dental treats. Avoid real bones – not only can they lead to gastrointestinal upset, they may also cause tooth fractures.

    Comments are closed.