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5 Ways to Keep Your Dog’s Teeth Healthy

Just like people, dogs can suffer from a variety of dental issues. Dental care is very important to your canine friend’s overall health and well-being! Unfortunately, this aspect of dog care is often inadvertently overlooked, even by some very devoted pet parents. We can help! Read on as a Salem, VA vet lists some ways to Fido’s teeth healthy.

Brushing

The best way to keep your dog’s teeth healthy is by brushing them. Start by gently massaging Fido’s teeth and gums with your finger. Incorporate praise and cuddles, so your four-legged friend knows he’s being pampered. Next, you can move on to using pet toothpaste and a pet toothbrush. You can also get finger ‘toothbrushes’ that you put on. You don’t have to do your pup’s entire mouth daily. Just doing one section at a time is fine!

Doggy Dental Products

There are now several pet products that are specifically formulated to remove plaque and tartar. Dental-formula kibble and treats are quite popular. Oral rinses, as the name suggests, are liquids that help fight plaque and gingivitis. You can also get dental flakes, which you would sprinkle into your furry pal’s food. Ask your vet for specific recommendations on these products.

Chew Toys

Did you know that chewing is actually good for Fido’s teeth? It keeps his jaw muscles strong, and stimulates the flow of saliva, which helps wash away food particles. (Tip: put some flavored doggy toothpaste on a chew and let your pooch have at it!)

Water

Make sure Fido always has plenty of fresh water. This is of course important for many reasons, but it’s absolutely crucial to your furry friend’s dental health. Clean your pup’s bowl daily, so dirt and bacteria don’t build up.

Checkups!

Fido should have his teeth checked at least once a year, starting at age one. In between his appointments, you’ll want to watch for warning signs, such as bad breath; ropy or bloody drool; bloody smears on toys; tartar buildup; and/or swelling. Your pooch may act a bit grumpy if his teeth hurt, and he may lose interest in play. Dental issues can also cause dogs to change their eating habits. Call your vet right away if you notice any of these red flags.

Please contact us, your Salem, VA pet clinic, for all your pet’s veterinary care needs. We’re happy to help!

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