Happy New Year! Today, many people are taking down (and possibly burning) their 2020 calendars, and putting up new ones. If you’re making resolutions this year, your canine pal will be right there with you, cheering you on with head tilts and tail wags. Why not include Fido in your resolutions? In fact, this is the perfect time to revisit your pup’s dental care regimen. Read on as a Cabot, AR vet lists some ways to keep your pet’s teeth healthy this year.
Brushing is really the best thing you can do to keep Fido’s choppers in good health. You’ll need to get your pooch used to the idea, of course. Start by gently rubbing your furry buddy’s teeth and gums with your finger. Be sure to tell Fido he’s a good boy, and offer lots of attention and a yummy snack. Over time, you can start to incorporate pet toothpaste and then, finally, a doggy toothbrush.
One easy way to keep up with your four-legged friend’s dental care regimen is to make it part of your everyday routine. It’s better to spend two minutes a day, and do one section of Fido’s teeth nightly, than to try and do his whole mouth every week.
Water is of course crucial for many reasons, but it’s also very important for your furry friend’s oral health. Make sure that Fido always has fresh H2O!
Chew toys are actually very beneficial for Fido. They help keep his jaw muscles strong, and also stimulate his saliva glands. (Salivation helps rinse food particles away, which is very important.) There are some caveats here, however. For instance, rawhide and pig ear chews aren’t suitable for all dogs. Ask your vet for recommendations.
Your canine friend should have his teeth checked at least once a year, starting at age one. At home, watch for signs of trouble. Some common ones are bad breath, drooling, tartar buildup, and changes in eating habits. Call your vet immediately if you notice anything amiss.
There are now many doggy dental products you can get for Fido. Treats, chews, oral flakes, and rinses can all be beneficial. Ask your vet for recommendations.
Please reach out if ever we can be of assistance. As your Cabot, AR veterinary clinic, we’re here to help!