Dental Hygiene For Pooches
- Aug 06, 2015
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We go to great lengths for the welfare for our pooches to give them a long, healthy and happy life. While we choose the best of the best for our babies, surprisingly most of us miss out on one of the most essential practices – maintaining their dental hygiene.
Your pet’s dental status can tell you a lot about their mouth and gastrointestinal condition. Warm, moist and loaded with specific nutrients, your pet’s mouth is an incubator for problems like tumors in gum, inflamed gums, cysts under the tongue, loose teeth and gingivitis to name a few.
Maintaining their dental hygiene is something that needs to be done with great care. Following are some Do’s and Don’ts that you must follow with your furry friend.
Start with an oral check up from the vet – A vet can tell you exactly what you are dealing with and you can take better care of your pooch.
Regular Teeth-Cleaning – Not surprisingly, tooth brushing is the best way to ensure pearly white sets for your pooch. 2-3 times a week is enough for your pet. But first prepare them for this practice through the following steps –
- For a few weeks, just massage their lips in gentle, circular motions for 30 – 60 seconds once or twice a day.
- Move on to applying a mixture of baking soda and water as toothpaste on their lips for a week to get them accustomed to the taste.
- Finally introduce a toothbrush crafted for dogs.
Get them the right Toothpaste – It is better to ask your vet for toothpaste for your pet as human toothpastes may upset your pooch’s stomach. Also never use fluoride for dogs below the age of 6 months.
And a Mouthwash – For a better breath and cleaner mouth this is the way to go.
Do a Breath Test – Get your pooch checked if their breath is especially offensive and in combination with symptoms like urinating too often, vomiting or being too thirsty.
Give a Lip Service – Lift their lips and check their gums for inflammation. The gums should be pink, neither white nor red.
Do the Chew – Chew toys are an excellent way to entertain your pet while gifting them stronger healthier gums.
Ask for a Special Diet – Ask your vet for food items which will aid in better dental hygiene and avoid the ones that cause your furry friend harm.
It is a good practice to visit your vet once in 6 – 12 months. For a better brushing experience get your pet and yourself a Canine Tooth Brushing Kit.
About The Author
Neha has been passionate about animals since childhood, she grew up with dogs- training them, learning about them and adopting/fighting for strays. Her zeal for dogs grew after adopting Hunter, her celebrity Saint Bernard. Since then she has been an active member of various dogs groups in NCR- participating and organizing events