Sparkly Whites

When you think of ways to pamper your pets, getting their teeth cleaned might not be something that comes to mind.  A dental treatment isn’t exactly something we consider fun….for us or our doggies. But dental treatments help keep our best friends healthy and happy. Not only does it prevent tooth decay, infection and bad breath, it also helps with heart disease and other serious illnesses.  The vet will do a great job at a check up every few years getting those pearly whites all sparkling and perfect.  The only draw backs to this are the price and as you can imagine, the dog will need to be asleep with some anesthesia for this process. This can be risky, but as long as your dog is healthy and in good shape, there shouldn’t be anything to worry about.  The doctor will take x-rays of his teeth and get all the tartar and periodontal diseases cleaned off.  If you keep their teeth clean, they will be so much healthier and happier.  In between cleanings, there are a few things you can do to help keep those teeth sparkling.  You could try brushing their teeth (I would recommend a peanut butter flavored toothpaste).  This can be very challenging at times, but if your dog is content letting you do it, it could help.  If your dog hates that, two of the easiest things you can do is to feed your dog healthy, whole foods like fresh meats and vegetables instead of the store bought stuff.  This will help with their overall health!  And they can also chew on bones (like a real bone, with marrow) a few times a week for 10-20 minutes.  They love this extra special treat, and it really helps keep those molars in good shape.  You need to make sure you supervise this though as they could choke.  After 10-20 mins, just wash the bone off and put it in a ziplock bag in the fridge until the next time. This is my favorite thing to do as long as your dog isn’t tiny.  Also avoid brittle bones or poultry bones.  You can boil the bone for a few minutes to make it a little softer, if needed.  There are also some homemade concoctions with baking soda and hydrogen peroxide that are great if you dip some gauze or a qtip in that and rub on the back teeth.  Again, this just depends on your pooch’s willingness to comply.

What kinds of teeth cleaning do you do?

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