Last updated on February 27, 2015
Remember those commercials that ran a few years back, or more, that showed what cigarette smoking could do to a person? Here’s one that stuck with me:
Now imagine what not taking care of your dog’s teeth can do to your dog’s overall health. It’s quite alarming, but sometimes pictures speak louder than words. There is a scary reality to dogs without dental care.
I am fortunate to have kept in touch with my dog’s littermates over the years. Recently, a friend of mine adopted my dog’s littermate, a female Cocker Spaniel, at the age of six years. We visited our friend for a play date, and one of the most noticeable differences between this adorable little girl and my dog was with her teeth.
Click play to see what I saw:
Some dental chews can help prevent tartar, and those are the ones we use to supplement our dog’s regular dental care plan. Products like those from the Whimzees line have been both effective for tartar reduction and fun for my dog to consume. I feel safe feeding them because they are made in Holland and the ingredients are ones I feel good feeding.
Here’s what most dog moms and dads really want to know about their dogs’ teeth: “Do I really have to brush them?”
My rule of thumb: Brush your dog’s teeth as you would your own: A minimum of once a day.
Here’s what some dog parents tell me in response to that: “My dog hates teeth brushing.”
Here are 10 ways to get a dog used to teeth brushing: And it takes time, but it can be done. In fact, Fidose fan, Nancy B, is using these techniques on her 7-year-old dog, Mayor. He never had his teeth brushed, but she started the process. So far, so good.
Some dogs develop tartar at an alarming rate, just like people. Other dogs have a certain chemical composition of their saliva, and they develop dental issues.
Never take it upon yourself to try and clean a dog’s teeth with anything other than a toothbrush. Leave the scaling and plaque removal to the experts.
Are you taking care of your dog’s teeth?
Here are some pet parents, who no doubt, care about their pets’ good health: