It is not uncommon for dog owners to overlook the importance of their pet’s dental health. According to Veterinary Dentistry, Principals and Practice, cited by Today’s Veterinary Practice, when dogs reach two years of age, 80% of them will develop some sort of periodontal disease, and the first sign will probably be bad breath.

For this reason, pet owners often overlook it since they think bad breath is normal among dogs. The truth is that if you are sensing a strong smell that makes you gag, then it’s time to consider a visit to the vet’s office.

Maintaining proper dental hygiene for your dog is recommended for preventing diseases, some of which could become serious if left untreated. So, here are some tips that can help you keep your dog’s smile healthy.

Brush your dog’s teeth regularly

It’s the best way to prevent plaque buildup. You don’t have to do it daily or after every meal, but once a week is a good number (although daily would be great!).

You can use a special toothpaste for dogs since human toothpaste can be harmful to them, and you can even get a special toothbrush that fits over your fingertip.

Dog tooth wipes

Some dogs will not allow anyone to brush their teeth, but fortunately, there are options: dog tooth wipes. These are wipes that are made to be rubbed against your dog’s teeth to remove plaque. The bad news is that they can’t get into the tiny spaces between teeth as a brush can.

Dental treats

These are, just as you imagined, treats that help with your dog’s dental health. They can remove plaque buildup and often contain ingredients that freshen breath. And, of course, they are more appreciated by our furry friends than toothbrushes or wipes.

Dog chews

These are edible toys that your dog can chew on. They not only entertain them but also helps clean their teeth, as they have enzymes that promote dental health. With dog chews, you keep your dog happy and healthy at the same time.

Professional cleanings

The best way to ensure your dog’s teeth are healthy is to have a veterinarian check him. They will know if it’s time for professional cleaning or if there are other issues to be addressed.

You can contact one of the veterinarians available at Kounsel and ask them about your pet’s dental health.

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