Once you've got a dog, puppy or adult, there's a lot of new things and lots to see. Therefore, their oral hygiene is not always at the top of the list of things to do. But just this should be at the top of a list of things, man mine. must reach now that you have become a busy dog owner, as correct oral hygiene is one of the best ways to protect a dog against various dental and oral diseases now and in the future. Establishing proper dental care for your dog prevents him (her) from going through anesthesia, which is both expensive and unpleasant surgery in the future after a period of suffering without your knowledge.
We have made a small list of how you can achieve good oral hygiene with your new best friend the dog.
1. Keep a close eye on its breath!
The last thing you should ignore is bad breath in your dog. In most cases, it is a red flag that your dog has or is about to have an oral or periodontal disease. Stomatitis among other oral diseases affects your dog a lot as this can cause painful inflammation of the mouth tissue and gums. There are other warning signs to check for, such as brown or yellowish gums, missing or loose teeth, and bleeding gums. So, if bad breath is not treated, it will often worsen and can lead to serious dental disease.
2. Brushing the teeth
Very few dogs start out loving having their teeth brushed , and it is therefore definitely very hard at first, but if you can use some delicious treats as a reward and are very patient, you can easily brush your dog's teeth (also applies to cats). If you first get into a good routine of brushing your dog's teeth, this can also become a very important "Bonding" that you will both enjoy, it's just a matter of getting started and continuing to make it a pleasant experience.
When you first have to teach your dog to brush his teeth , you can start by letting him smell the toothpaste and toothbrush you need, then give him a small treat and brush for approx. half a minute on each side of the mouth and followed by another treat. It's about showing it that this is something good and you shouldn't start by just throwing a toothbrush in its mouth and do nothing afterwards, it's important that it finds out that this is something good - then it will come quickly and after a few weeks, it may come out on its own when you take out its toothbrush.
You should not use the normal toothpaste for humans, as these may contain substances that are dangerous for pets, dogs and cats. Therefore, buy a toothpaste and toothbrush that is approved for use by pets.
If this does not work, you must find other ways to keep your dog or cat's teeth. Therefore, have a chat with your local vet about what options are suitable for your dog or cat.
3. Even if you brush your dog's teeth, you must remember that your dog needs to go to the dentist!
Just as you yourself go to the dentist occasionally and have your teeth checked, your pet should also have his gums and teeth examined by a qualified veterinarian so that you can prevent any problems. Always remember to have the cat or dog's medical history with you, including information about signs such as bleeding or bad breath that may have started since the last visit.
At the vet, your dog will be checked for inflammation, bleeding or redness in the gums and teeth, as well as tartar, plaque, broken teeth and other diseases such as cancer.
4. remember the right food prevents and helps if your dog has dental problems
Your dog must have a healthy and nutritious diet to stay healthy and fit, this also applies to its dental and oral hygiene. There is plenty of good and nutritious feed that will support its health, and there are also feed pellets that are made to prevent tartar, which is one of the cornerstones of poor dental and oral hygiene. Hill's Science Plan has a food called Hill's Science Plan™ Canine Adult Oral Care , you mix it with 30% of your dog's normal food. This pill is baked so that it does not split immediately, but has time to grind on the dog's or cat's teeth before it splits. We recommend that you talk to your vet or specialty store so that you get the diet for your dog or cat, which helps the animal to develop strong and healthy teeth and bones.
Plaque off is also a good supplement to keep your pet's teeth looking good and it's easy to use, it's just a small spoonful daily over its food. Plaque off is an algae in powder form that dissolves plaque and prevents tartar.
And in the long term, it pays off to spend a little more on your dog's diet, so that you avoid an extra vet bill and your dog from pain!
5. Make them chew bones, rope.
Your dog is naturally a predator that would chew on hard bones - yes, it is a little difficult to imagine a small chihuahua as a very large predator and therefore it must also suit your dog. But by getting your dog to chew on bones, the tartar is knocked off and the rope will act as dental floss and help keep the gums and teeth healthy between the teeth as well.
Bones, treats and chew bones, with mint are also recommended, such as chicken & mint jerky and toys .
Remember: the dog cannot eat all kinds of bone scraps from our dinner, as for example our chicken and pork scraps are harmful to your dog, as the splinters can damage their teeth and cause serious internal damage.