Your Canine's Canines -- Dental and Oral Health

Oral and Dental health is important to both humans and dogs. I can still remember the time when my grandma would always tell me to brush my teeth everyday so that there will be no cavities. Same scenario applies with dogs, we need to take good care of their oral health. In this week's blog, we will teach you some dog oral and dental care tips.

Here are some of the ways to keep your dog's teeth and mouth clean and eliminate bad breath according to petmd.com. and akc.org.

1. Canine Toothpaste
Dogs sometimes enjoy brushing their teeth because canine toothpaste is usually flavored with chicken, beef, and peanut butters. etc. Note that if they have allergies to any of the flavors, use it with caution.

For large dogs, we can use a regular human toothbrush. For small dogs, we can use a baby toothbrush or fingertip brush. Brushing our dog's teeth is the same as brushing our own teeth, consistency is key. We need to try to brush at least 2-3 days a week.
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2. Dog Tooth Wipes
If you are unable to brush your dog's teeth, dog dental wipes are also a great solution. It is used to rub against your dog's teeth to help remove plaque. It is also similar to toothbrushing, but it is easier to manage (for both you and your pup) then a toothbrush with toothpaste.

3. Dog Dental Treats
Dental treats are also good for your dog's dental health. These are the treats that are made specifically to remove plaque buildup and contain ingredients that freshen breath and clean the mouth. They are said to be more generally appreciated by dogs than a toothbrush or tooth wipes. There are some dental treats that you can buy online, you can try those for your dogs. Here are some of the top-rated dental treats from veterinarians.com.

4. Dog Chews
These products have teeth cleaning properties. The act of chewing benefits your dog's oral health.  Chews like cow ears, bully sticks, and chicken strips are a great way to keep your dog happy and healthy. If you’re looking for something without any calories, there are many long-lasting rubber or nylon dog chew toys that do the job, as well.

5. Professional Cleanings
Perhaps the best way to ensure your dog's oral health is a professional cleaning by a veterinarian. A veterinarian knows what is best for your dog's teeth and can address any problems found. Although much more expensive than the other tips mentioned, professional teeth cleaning is the best way to maintain your dog's dental hygiene. Your vet has experience in preventing, identifying, and treating problems that may even go unnoticed. If you are looking for options to improve your dog's dental health, consult your veterinarian for a professional evaluation and examination. If you're looking for a pet insurance to help cover costs, check out these options.


Treat you Brushing Beauties next week!


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