Failing to maintain a high level of oral hygiene in dogs puts them at increased risk of disease such as tartar build up. Dog owners need to be aware of the risks of poor oral hygiene in their dogs and take steps early on to combat the problem. What are some effective ways to control the build up of tartar on your senior dog’s teeth?
Use raw dog bones
Dogs are carnivores by nature which means they enjoy sinking their teeth into raw dog bones. Not only is a raw dog bone fun to play with and chew on for hours on end, but a raw dog bone can also effectively clean your dog’s teeth, and control tartar build up, all without having to pay for expensive tooth extractions as the dog ages.
Dog biscuits that clean teeth
The right dog biscuits act as a great reward for your senior dog, while also helping to keep the dog’s teeth clean and healthy. Look for dog biscuits that are designed specifically to freshen breath, remove plaque, and control the build up of tartar.
Introduce tooth brushing
Daily tooth brushing should start early, but it is never too late to start brushing your dog’s teeth. Even your senior dog can become accustomed to tooth brushing if you consistently take care to brush his teeth each day. Tartar and plaque build-up can develop in older dogs if food particles become lodged between teeth and gums and are not quickly removed. Always use a toothbrush and toothpaste designed specifically for dogs (not humans) and take care to brush along the gumline to remove tartar.
Dental chew toys
Dental chew toys can help to keep your dog’s teeth clean and healthy without much effort on your part at all. Look for a variety of dental chew toys that will keep your dog occupied and take care of the dog’s teeth. Some dental chew toys to consider buying include rawhide, rubber chew toys that squeak as the dog bites onto it to treat-filled chew toys.
Regular home oral exams
Regular home oral exams are an important way to keep an eye on your dog’s teeth, as tartar build up can be spotted early on and treated. Left untreated, these ailments can lead to serious health problems in dogs, which will not only reduce the quality of your dog’s life, but they could also shorten your dog’s lifespan. Indicators to look for during an oral exam include bad dog breath, red swollen gums and a build-up of plaque or tartar.
Cleaning your dog’s teeth at the vet’s office can be pricey, which is why it is important to take action to keep your dog’s teeth healthy. There are a variety of methods that will keep your dog’s teeth in tip-top condition, while also preventing the build up of tartar, such as chew toys, tooth brushing, to regular home oral exams.
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