Brushing your dogs teeth is extremely important. It’s important that we, as humans keep our teeth clean and your trusted pet is no different.
Generally you should be brushing your dogs teeth at least three times a week. In an ideal situation every day would not be a bad idea, but most owners would agree that in the lives we live these days, that is often over looked.
Try to use crunchy chews and dental treats which help clean the teeth naturally if a daily clean is not possible.
Try to at least get into the habit of checking inside your dogs mouth on a weekly basis. If you spot anything that just doesn’t look right, then a trip to the vet as soon as possible.
Dogs eat a variety of things..mostly good but some bad and especially if your hound is a forager off the lead, you can’t always be sure what they are chomping on.
In a previous post on our site, I talked about dental care for our pets and this is so important to look at in more depth.
The best way to clean a dogs teeth is to use a small toothbrush and gradually familiarize the dog with having the brush stroked over his or her teeth, just as you would clean your own teeth.
Try to use a tooth cleaning gel which contains enzymes that actually prevent plaque build up.
A really great canine toothpaste is called Petrodex.
This is a poultry flavoured enzymatic toothpaste that your dog will love. Minty paste that we as humans use is not a good flavour for dogs and must be avoided.
There are many other dog teeth cleaning products you can get.
Different kinds of pastes as well as organic toothpastes.
Homemade dog toothpaste has become extremely popular in recent years and there are many recipes online, but I would careful to avoid anything that has any acidic ingredients as this can cause damage to your dogs enamel, make their gums sting actually do more harm than good.