Oral hygiene is important for dogs. Brushing your dog’s teeth can help reduce much hated “dog’s breath” and help reduce your dog’s chance of developing gum disease, requiring root canal, tooth extraction or other expensive dental procedures. Daily brushing can help reduce buildup of tartar and plaque.
If brushing your dog’s teeth sounds like a hassle, just remember the importance of oral hygiene and the difference it can make for your dog’s quality of life.
If you are worried your dog won’t cooperate, rest assured that you can make brushing teeth a fun and rewarding experience for your dog.
There are toothbrushes (or fingerbrushes) specifically designed for dogs of different sizes, and different varieties of toothpastes, with enticing flavours that dogs love such as peanut butter or chicken.
So how can you get your dog to come running when you ask, “Do you want to brush your teeth?” or at least have them cooperate with the process?
You can also help your dog’s oral hygiene regimen with proper food, treats and toys. Crunchy kibble helps reduce tartar and plaque compared to wet, canned dog food. Treats such as beef chews can help as well as toys such as rawhide bones or toys specifically designed for dental care that have a built-in “floss”.
You should always check with your vet to see which type of brush is appropriate for your dog and what type of toothpaste is best. Your vet can also check to see how often your dog requires a professional dental cleaning and recommend the best treats and toys for your dog.