Brush up on dog dental health
February 21, 2020
Going to the dentist is rarely high on anyone’s annual wish list, but it’s one of those things that’s important not just for mouth health but also for overall wellbeing. And if everyone followed their dentist’s advice visits probably wouldn’t feel like such an ordeal.
Same goes for your dog. Consider the following advice from our head nurse, Lisa, as important as that of your own hygienist when it comes to your pet’s oral health. Then, when you make an appointment at Best Friends for their annual check-up, hopefully there’ll be one less thing to stress about.
This is the single best thing you can do to help keep your dog’s teeth healthy. It’s best to start when they are puppies so they get used to the regime, but of course there are several reasons this may not be possible.
Whatever the circumstances it’s best to get our nurse, Lisa, to show you the best way to brush your dog’s teeth – different breeds have differently shaped jaws, so it’s not a one-size-fits-all operation.
Use a special dog brush and toothpaste as human formulations can’t be used.
Chews and treats
There are many types of dog chew available and a lot of them will have some sort of teeth-cleaning abilities. Some treats are also specially formulated to help keep tartar build-up down.
If your dog has bad breath, is refusing to eat or seems to be licking its lips a lot, it could be suffering from some sort of dental disease, so it’s best to make an appointment with one of the vets at 14 Marlow Drive, Christchurch, Dorset, BH23 2RR to get it checked out.
If your dog does have a build-up of tartar it can be removed then you can start a new regime to prevent it happening again. If you’ve any queries or concerns don’t hesitate to contact the team on 01202 485880 and they’ll be happy to talk to you.