Why Dental Care is Important for Your Dog

Imagine: You’re sitting with your furry friend after a long day. As the night goes on, your dog yawns – and the dreaded doggy breath hits you. Unfortunately, bad breath is relatively common in dogs. But it doesn’t have to be! 

Just like you brush your teeth twice daily, dogs also clean their teeth. They do so by chewing on bones and hard toys that scrape the plaque from their teeth. If plaque builds up, it becomes harder for the dog to remove through traditional means. Over time, this plaque build up leads to periodontal disease. Poor dental health can lead to a variety of other problems for your dog, including:

  • Oral pain that makes it difficult to eat and drink.
  • Infections in the mouth which can spread to other areas and organs.
  • Increased risk for heart disease.

Fortunately, there are several ways you can help keep your dog’s breath fresh and their teeth clean. Here are five steps you should take to keep your dog’s oral health at its peak. 

6 Important Dog Dental Care Steps You Can Take

Give your dog a hard bone. 

In the wild, dogs’ ancestors—wolves—cleaned their teeth by chewing on the bones of the animals they hunted. Dogs don’t hunt, so they don’t have access to these bones. Fortunately, there are several options to supplement them. Hard bones are designed for long-lasting chewing that takes place over several days, weeks or months. Remember, you should only give your dog any type of bone or chew when you’re present in case they choke or break a small piece off. 

  • Nylabones. Nylabones are hard, synthetic bones designed for long-lasting chewing. 
  • Yak chews. Yak chews are natural, durable and safe.
  • Bully sticks. Bully sticks are made from dense, high-protein beef muscle. They are natural and safe.
  • Elk antlers. Elk antlers are safe, durable and don’t splinter, providing great chewing capacity. 

Invest in dental treats.

Unlike hard bones, dental treats are made to be ingested in one sitting. These treats are softer than bones but contain powders and ingredients that remove plaque. Remember that these treats contain calories, so you might need to cut back on your dog’s kibble to avoid weight gain. Your vet can help you establish how much to give your dog.

Use plaque-removing powder.

Powders like Plaque Off can be sprinkled onto your dog’s dinner to remove excess plaque. Plaque Off is made of dried kelp, which hardens to scratch the plaque off your dog’s teeth as they eat. It is odorless and flavorless, so your dog won’t notice it!

Upgrade your dog’s diet.

Consider what your pet eats. Lower-quality kibble and dog foods don’t contain many vitamins and minerals to keep your dog’s teeth healthy and strong. Investing in higher-quality food can mean better oral health for your pet. 

Consider brushing your dog’s teeth!

If dental bones and treats alone aren’t working, consider brushing your dog’s teeth! Several healthy, vet-approved dog toothpaste and specially designed dog toothbrushes help you clean your dog’s teeth. It will take time for your dog to get comfortable with brushing, so consider introducing tooth brushing slowly over time. 

Schedule dental care with grooming.

Doggy dental care is as important as other grooming, like bathing, brushing and de-shedding your dog. Fortunately, you can schedule grooming and dental cleanings at the professional Landheim K9 Training & Boarding Center! Professional dental cleanings are more successful at removing plaque, especially if there has been intense buildup over several years.

Get Your Dog a Beautiful, Healthy Smile with Dental Cleaning Today

At Landheim K9, our professional dog trainers and groomers take your pet’s health and safety seriously. We know a healthy dog is important to you and your family, so we treat your pet like ours. And a healthy dog starts with a healthy mouth. Schedule your dog’s grooming and dental care today!

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