Dental hygiene in dogs is the part of pet parenthood that is generally forgotten about. 80% of dogs over the age of 3 suffer from a dental disease!
Dogs are susceptible to tartar, plaque build up and gingivitis just like humans. Leaving your dogs teeth unattended can lead to irreversible damage and inevitably the teeth requiring extraction.
Brushing your dog’s teeth is the simplest way of keeping them clean and healthy. This may be a fairly daunting task for some owners especially if your dog isn’t used to having someone poking around their mouth! It’s a good idea to get your dog used to having its teeth brushed when it is still a puppy.
Our top tips…
- Let your dog taste the new dog-safe toothpaste. You want brushing teeth to be a treat not a chore for your dog
- Associate your dog with the feeling of having its mouth touched. You can do this by gently rubbing a soft cloth along their gums.
- Once your dog is comfortable with this move onto a brush that fits over your finger.
- Finally use a proper dog toothbrush. The longer handle will help you reach all your dogs teeth.
Find more information from the RSPCA here…