There comes a time, in most every single dog’s life, that they need a dental cleaning. All of my dog’ have had them, if not more than one (Lasagna has always just had bad flora, and Boss had hyperplasia, or gum overgrowth). Since it’s a surgery, we went for a consult before hand and I learned A LOT of valuable information I wasn’t hip to before, that as our clients and peeps…you absolutely MUST know…
1. Daily teeth brushing for your dog can NOT be replaced by anything and is a key to overall dental AND physical health.
From the time you bring your dog home for the first time get him used to teeth brushing. If you have a rescue dog that isn’t interested try Happy Mouth. When it’s added daily to pets’ drinking water, or applied to teeth and gums with the topical gel applicator, the formula safely cleans teeth and gums, reducing plaque, oral bacteria that causes inflammation leading to dental disease and inhibiting the bacteria and germs that are the source of halitosis. This product is also good for cats.
2. Femurs, antlers, nylabones and butcher bone are not safe for large dogs.
Dogs have enamel half the strength of ours and large dogs chew SO hard they crack their teeth in half…not only causing infection and need for tooth extraction…but it’s painful. Dr. C said that Christmastime, because of all of the gifts, she is doing surgery after surgery…it’s awful. Oh, and it should be noted that the same thing can happen to smaller dogs.
Tip- if you give your dog bones or antlers ONLY let them chew with your supervision. If you hear the bone crack, take away and throw it away AND check your dog’s mouth for injury.
Remedy- Buy oversized Kongs, fill them with ripe banana and freeze them. Oh, and check with your vet before feeding your dog anything new.
3. Visit The Veterinary Oral Health Council often
The VOHC for a current up-to-date list of safe dental products for dogs and cats.
Of course there is tons of other information out there on pet dental health. Yearly check-ups, including dental check ups will aide in your pet’s overall health.