February is national pet dental month! Like humans, we only have one set of teeth, so we have to take care of them! Caring for your pets’ teeth is essential for maintaining their overall health.
Some pets are fussy with having their teeth cleaned the traditional way. That is why we are here to bring you five ways to keep your pets’ teeth clean without them knowing.
Keep Your Pets’ Teeth Clean By Using Flavoured Toothpaste
We all know our dogs and cats are suckers for anything yummy! You can easily trick them into getting their teeth clean by feeding them flavoured toothpaste. Most tubes of toothpaste for pets are enzymatic. When enzymatic toothpaste comes into contact with saliva and bacteria in the mouth, they will break down and get to work by cleaning your pets’ mouths! You can put a little bit on your finger and have your dog lick it off. As your dog licks their lips and teeth, it will spread the toothpaste around and clean their teeth and gums. You may also put a little bit on a treat for your kitty to enjoy as well.
Chewing bones is another excellent way to keep your pets’ teeth clean without them knowing. Chew bones will be a great option if you have a dog who loves to chew on things. When your dog chews on bones, it can help remove plaque and tartar off their teeth. Chewing on bones also helps to keep your dog busy! This is a great way to keep your pup stimulated as well.
One important thing to note is that the bones we are talking about are specifically for pets. Please do not feed your dog chicken bones or turkey bones. As they break down, they can become soft and create splinters which pose a choking hazard for your dog. Feed your dog things like bully sticks and rawhide. Always keep an eye on your pet when they are chewing on something, if it breaks or gets small, discard it.
Dental Treats and Dried Meats
Dental treats are another great option to keep your dogs’ teeth clean. Most pet owners know them as “Dentastix” or “Greenies.” Greenies are usually made with all-natural ingredients, so you don’t have to feel guilty about feeding your dog a treat! If you decide to go with Greenies, make sure you purchase the right size for your dog. The packaging will tell you what size dog the product is appropriate for.
Dried meats work similarly to dental treats. They are widely accepted by dogs as a yummy treat as well. You can try things like dried beef ears, esophagus, or dried tendon. Be sure to monitor your dog when you give them these treats to avoid any accidents.
Toys To Chew On
There are toys available for your dog to chew on with little bristles that help keep their teeth clean. This toy works double-time as a toothbrush and a chew toy! Your You can also insert toothpaste into the top of this toy for your dog to consume while chewing.
You Can Use A Traditional Toothbrush and Toothpaste To Help Clean Teeth
There are different types of toothbrushes on the market. If your pet tolerates it, you can get them a toothbrush and use pet-friendly toothpaste to get your dogs’ teeth cleaned. You can get a silicone finger toothbrush. Finger brushes are a lot softer, and you can get your finger right into your dog or cat’s mouth for a deep clean. You can also purchase a regular-looking toothbrush with standard bristles to clean your pet’s teeth and gums. Chances are your pet may fuss and move its head around while trying to get its teeth cleaned. Always remember not to push your dog too far. Do what you can each day, and they will slowly get used to it.
It is important to keep your pet’s teeth clean helps prevent serious health issues and oral pain. The best thing you can do for your pet’s oral health is to give them routine dental care instead of doing nothing until they have a problem. If you notice some tartar or plaque that needs removal, it’s best to consult your pet’s vet.
You can also bring your pet to your local groomer for teeth cleanings regularly. If your pet is new to getting their teeth cleaned, start practicing once a week. This will help build their tolerance until you can make this a daily routine, just as you do with your teeth!
One thing you can do to help reduce your pets’ anxiety if they don’t like having their teeth cleaned is to take them for a walk! Daily exercise will help your dog burn energy to be well behaved when taking on other tasks.
Don’t hesitate to contact us if you need help with dog walks during the day. York Professional is here for you!
Morag is the owner and founder of York Regions most trusted premier in-home pet care and dog walking companies. In 2000 she saw a need for an alternative to kennels, catteries for family pets in the area and has always believed that pets are much happier and less stressed staying in their own familiar environment. Morag and her team are all certified in Pet 1st Aid and CPR, she also offers continuous training to her team members through online and hands on pet care and pet behaviour and care courses. Morag has earned her certificate in Professional Pet Sitting, Professional Dog Walking and Canine Attendant training. She has lived in the Newmarket/Aurora area since 1991 is a wife, a mother of 2 adult children and a grandmother of 2 delightful little balls of energy. She has also been owned by fish, birds, mice, rats, cats, dogs, gerbils and guinea pigs and is an advocate for all living creatures. In her spare time she likes to be involved in her community and events travelling, reading and cooking.