How do I keep my dogs teeth clean and healthy? This question comes up a lot when talking about pet care, and is sometimes an oversight for many pet owners. Does your vet tell you to brush your dog’s teeth? Most do, and the normal recommendation is to brush your dog’s teeth daily. However this can sometimes be a tricky feat to achieve, so for those of us with excellent intentions but less than perfect follow through here are a few tips to help keep your pups smile sparkling.
- Quality Food
Feeding your dog good quality food preferably made of whole foods and natural ingredients will nourish his body, which in turn results in stronger teeth. Avoiding food made with cereal grains, cheap fillers and by products is a great start. Instead search for food containing real meats, vegetables and fruits.
- Dental Treats
Dental treats are a great way to improve your dog’s dental health. Not only do these treats contain ingredients to freshen breath and clean your dog’s mouth but they are specifically made to remove plaque build-up.
- Dog Chews
The act of chewing actually benefits your dog’s oral hygiene, regardless of what is being chewed on. Chews like pigs ears, trotters and chicken strips are great ways to keep your dog happy and healthy as the ‘gnawing’ scrapes plaque off of your dog’s teeth.
- Professional Clean
The best way to ensure your dog is getting the oral care he needs is by having his teeth professionally cleaned at the vets. Although considerably more expensive than the other methods mentioned above, a professional dental clean is the best way to maintain your dog’s dental hygiene. It is generally recommended at least once per year for optimal results.