The new numbers say that roughly 70% of dogs over the age of 2 have some form of dental issues. These include discolored teeth, loose teeth, swollen gums – all of which may lead to pain while chewing food or eating. Being a dog owner, its your job to treat his dental issues promptly. If your dog is diagnosed at the right time, dental diseases can damage the liver, kidneys and heart of your pet.
I know many dog owners who really find it hard to brush their dog’s teeth every day. In fact, brushing your dog’s teeth regularly can reduce the risk of oral diseases as well as ailments relating to digestive, respiratory and even urinary systems. If you have a cute little pup and is looking for some help to get started with brushing, or have an older one that runs away when you take the brush, here are some helpful tips to make this process a little bit easier.
- Be patient: Many dogs are never taught to have their mouths looked at or examined regularly. This is why they are against getting their teeth cleaned. If you have the patience and time, you can teach him handle this situation. Whether you need to start by rewarding your dog for touching his mouth or you are able to brush his few tooth at a time; there is really no harm in going slowly. It will take time to work on brushing your dog’s entire teeth. Practice by doing a few teeth or one side of the mouth a day. Patience always brings in results.
- Check with a veterinarian: If you had not brushed your dog’s teeth for so long, it is better to start off with a veterinarian. A professional veterinarian will tell you where your dog stands now as far as oral health goes and discuss a schedule to set up regular brushing at home. Talk with your vet about a necessary schedule and remember that a yearly dental cleaning is still recommended even with home brushing. Your vet can also help you in demonstrating on how to brush your dog’s teeth if you are not sure.
- Use your fingers: While your fingers may not be as good as using a toothbrush, they can certainly help get any extra plague and tartar off of your dog’s teeth. Your dog would not probably not like a tooth brush being put inside his mouth, but he would like his owner sticking her fingers in his mouth. So you don’t have to worry about not being able to brush his teeth with a toothbrush. There is nothing wrong in putting a little toothpaste on your fingers and getting the job done that way. Make sure to wear gloves while brushing his teeth with your fingers.
- Set a schedule: When you set reminders for wishing your friend’s birthday or for waking up early in the morning, why is it so difficult to set reminder for cleaning your pet’s teeth? Setting an alarm on your phone or clock can really help you keep track of when you brush his teeth, especially when you are not going to do it everyday. Going on a schedule is a great way to keep your dog healthy from oral health problems.
- Offering him dental chews: Giving him something to chew is a great way to help keep your dog’s oral health in good shape. Although giving him to chew on safe chews won’t give the results as that of brushing his teeth weekly, but they can certainly help get the tough tartar and plague off of their teeth, which won’t easily come off with brushing. With safe observed chewing, dogs actually tend to enjoy this way of cleaning their teeth.