Doggy Dental Care
We might protest, we might fight, and cause you to curse, but if you’re looking after canine chompers, you’re doing a good thing. Some tips that I’ve put to my human friends that you might find helpful when caring for our teeth…
- Keep it short. The shorter the better. Remember, your hands are near my mouth.
- Use a special dog toothpaste, human toothpastes have fluoride in them, which like chocolate, great for people, not so great for pooches.
- Give me the treats – I’m really a good boy.
There’s a number of ways to look after teeth – none of which I like, but you know, the human thinks she’s in charge.
- Tooth brushes, finger brushes, dental sponges
- Treats and Foods
- Water piks
Toothbrushes and finger brushes are the most effective cleaning teeth and gums, but they may take a while to get used to. If they’re not having that thing shoved into their mouth, give dental sponges a try.
Some toys (WHERE ARE THE TOYS?) can be helpful and fun for tooth care. Like you, we have enamel on our teeth, so don’t give us anything abrasive – as far as I’m aware, doggy dentures aren’t a thing.
Dry kibble is great for keeping plaque at bay. Speak to your vet for advice on choosing the right dry food, or treats.
Water piks work by killing bacteria in the mouth, possibly the easiest way to sneak in a tooth treatment.
So now you’ve got that sorted, can I have a kiss please?