Dental care is not only one of the most important parts of human hygiene,
it's also an essential part of dog grooming. When a dog's teeth
are neglected, bacteria can accumulate and may spread illnesses to other
parts of the body. This is why it's essential to follow the advice of your
veterinarian in San Jose when it comes to brushing your dog's teeth. The following tips can
help you get started.
Use a pet-approved toothpaste
, not a toothpaste made for humans. Pet toothpaste comes in a variety of
flavors, including mint, malt, and poultry. It's best to find one
that your dog will like, because that will make the routine of brushing
your dog's teeth a whole lot easier. You'll also need a special
doggy toothbrush, and these come in different sizes for dogs large and small.
To test a toothpaste, place a little bit on the doggy toothbrush and gently
rub it back and forth along the outside of your dog's teeth. You don't
actually need to worry about the insides of the teeth, because your dog's
tongue will take care of that. In fact, the vast majority of tartar in
a dog's mouth is on the outside of the teeth.
Once you start brushing your dog's teeth, you must keep it up on a
consistent basis, preferably day to day. Ask your vet about a specific
brushing schedule that will be ideal for your pet. You could also mix
in special tooth-friendly foods with your dog's current diet for added
dental health. A weekly application of dental gels on your dog's teeth
could further prevent the buildup of bacteria and plaque. There are even
drinking water additives and chew toys that can fight canine plaque.
If your dog's teeth and gums are in need of professional dental care,
schedule an appointment with
Lincoln Avenue Veterinary Clinic. For more than 33 years, we have provided dental care, spay and neuter
services, and emergency vet care to companion animals in the San Jose
area. To learn more about out veterinary services, visit us online or
call (888) 897-4353.