Keeping your dog healthy is an investment in the long-term because your pet will be with your for up to 20 years depending on the dog breed.
How to Brush Your Dog’s Teeth?
Pick an Appropriate Pet Toothbrush
Do not buy a child’s toothbrush as they tend to be too hard for dogs. Get a specialized one from the pet store. Another option is the finger toothbrush that fits over the tip of your finger.
Select the Right Toothpaste
The best pet toothpastes contain enzymes that help control plaque. Try to avoid toothpastes with baking soda, detergents, or salt found in human products. Fluoride may be incorporated to help control bacteria. Place the toothpaste in between the bristles, not on top of the toothbrush as you would normally do.
Most dogs accept brushing if they are approached in a gentle manner. Start slowly to get your pet used to the process without the toothpaste. When your dog accepts this brushing, time to add the pet toothpaste.
Dangerous Dog Toys
Bones can splinter and hurt your dog’s mouth, throat, teeth or intestine. Check out the bone FAQ to figure things out. A power chewer can shred soft, latex toys. Dogs like to dig out squeakers from the toys. These parts can be easily swallowed or cause choking.
Some dogs like to chew on or eat rock. That’s a big no-no. Rocks can cause broken teeth and serious intestinal obstruction if swallowed by accident. Rawhide chewing toys can also cause intestinal obstruction if swallowed.
Exercising Your Dog
You should keep your dog on a leash when out and about. Keep your dog under control at all times. Take your dog over hard ground, as this will help to keep his nails short. Make sure you supervise your dog’s exercise and play time.