Dental Care Tips for Dogs
Dental Care Tips for Dogs
Cleaning your pet's teeth is an essential part of pet ownership. Did you know that dental issues lead to 48% of operations performed in the UK? It is vitally important to maintain healthy gums and teeth. For dogs that don't enjoy their teeth being cleaned, it can become a relentless battle between pet and owner. To help make teeth cleaning easier and more enjoyable for you both, the Oscar Helpline has some simple tips to help you along the way.
Firstly, never force your dog to have its teeth cleaned! Teeth cleaning should be an enjoyable experience for both dog and owner. Forcing your dog to have their teeth cleaned can make them feel stressed and worried. It can also have a negative impact on your dog's confidence when handled in a similar way by a vet or groomer.
Chose a time to carry out teeth cleaning when your dog is relaxed (such as after a walk or play session) rather than energised and full of beans! Use gentle praise to encourage your dog to tolerate the brushing.
If your dog is not used to having its teeth cleaned, allow it to get used to the brush and toothpaste before you start. Do this by squirting a small amount of toothpaste onto your finger and allowing your dog to lick it off. Then, with a small amount of toothpaste on the brush, begin brushing gently and slowly, gradually building-up as you go.
There are different types of toothbrushes that can be used to clean your dog's teeth. At Oscar, we recommend either Beaphar Finger Toothbrush or Beaphar Toothbrush with a handle, which both come with dog toothpaste. Please remember, human toothpaste is not safe to use to clean your dog's teeth.
Puppies should be trained at an early age to accept teeth cleaning as part of their normal grooming regime. Beaphar Puppy Dental Kit is a handy toothbrush and liver toothpaste ideal for young puppies.
When cleaning your dog's teeth, keep the session short and always end on a positive note by giving your dog a reward such as Beaphar Dental Stick, Whimzees or a rawhide chew.
There are other ways you can help to keep your dog's teeth clean, such as feeding a dry dog food and offering a daily edible dog chew or rawhide. Beaphar Dental Powder can be sprinkled onto your dog’s dry food. This product contains ground brown seaweed designed to counteract bad breath and other common dental problems by removing their underlying causes and encouraging the body's natural mouth and teeth cleaning processes, even after digestion.
Dental disease is a major health concern for dogs. Neglecting your dog's teeth can lead to dental problems such as bad breath, gum disease, tooth loss and abscess formation. It is vitally important that your pet receives a regular check-up from the vet.