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Take care of your dog's teeth
You can do a lot as a dog owner to take care of your dog's teeth; they should last his entire life because he is naturally dependent on them. A puppy has 28 milk teeth that are replaced at 4-6 months of age, and the dog eventually has a set of 42 teeth that are actively used throughout its life. Tartar, gingivitis, and periodontitis can all be avoided with proper oral hygiene and nutrition. A regular dental check-up by the vet is also required to ensure that any dental problems are caught early.
Should I brush my dog's teeth?
Yes, you should do it every day. Your dog requires assistance with good oral hygiene, and brushing his teeth can help prevent a variety of dental diseases. It may appear strange to the dog to have his teeth brushed, so it is critical that he becomes accustomed to this practice from puppyhood. Begin by training for a short period of time and gradually increasing the duration as the dog grows older.
Start by getting your dog accustomed to having his mouth handled if you want him to open up for you to brush his teeth. You can do this by gently massaging his lips and jaw and moving your way gradually towards his teeth. Additionally, you can encourage him to become used to having something in his mouth by giving him snacks or toys to hold in it. Introduce a toothbrush and toothpaste once your dog is at ease with having his mouth handled. Allowing your dog to sniff and taste the toothpaste at first can prepare him for when you begin brushing a few teeth at once. It's critical to have patience and to consistently give your dog goodies.
What are the most common dental problems in dogs??
Gingivitis is the most common dental disease in dogs and is easily avoided if you brush regularly. If, on the other hand, the dog does not brush its teeth on a regular basis, an accident occurs, and the dog develops gingivitis, it is critical to get the toothbrush started, as it will easily be able to treat a mild degree of the problem. If nothing is done to treat the gingivitis, it will usually progress to the root of the tooth and eventually lead to periodontitis, which is extremely painful for the dog.
Periodontal disease causes teeth to loosen from the bone because the inflammation "eats" the bone. Brushing dog's teeth and maintaining good oral hygiene is therefore essential, just as it is for humans. Some dogs have naturally beautiful teeth and rarely have dental problems, while others have a higher proclivity for dental issues. As a result, it varies greatly from dog to dog and breed to breed. Some dogs dislike having objects in their mouths, while others must have everything in their mouths. There are numerous factors at play, and in addition to brushing, it is critical that the dog's teeth be checked regularly by the vet during the annual health check.
How do I spot dental problems?
Dogs are tough animals that rarely show signs of pain or discomfort, so it is critical to keep an eye on their teeth. Bad breath, a yellowish or brownish coating on the cheek and canine teeth, the dog drooling more than usual, not eating/chewing, and difficulty opening/closing its mouth are the most common and normal symptoms of dental problems in dogs.
Can I prevent dental problems in other ways?
Dental problems can be avoided in addition to brushing teeth by using items such as chewing bones, teething toys, and the like. However, this should not be viewed as a replacement for tooth brushing, but rather as an addition to prevention and good oral hygiene. Furthermore, the right food has a significant impact on the teeth; consult your veterinarian if you are unsure. The teeth must bite into something hard, where the surface of the teeth rubs against the hard surface, as occurs naturally in nature when the wolf chews on its prey's skin and bones. As a result, the dog has a natural and strong desire to use its teeth.
The natural toothbrush for dogs
Farm Food produces excellent chewing bones for dogs out of both beef hide and deer antlers. The products are available in a variety of designs and are 100% pure and natural, with no additives but high in taste, fragrance, and minerals. They are known as natural toothbrushes for a reason: they help to keep your dog's teeth clean, healthy, and strong.
Farm Food's rawhide is white chewing bones in dried subcutaneous tissue from free-range cattle raised in Brazil for local meat production. The products are processed quickly to ensure quality and, most importantly, no harmful substances are used during the entire manufacturing process. The skin used to make the chewing bones is washed several times with hydrogen peroxide during the process to kill all bacteria before the products are hand shaped. When the dog chews on the leg, collagen is released, which aids in the removal of plaque.
Farm Food Antlers are pieces of antlers from male deer that shed their antlers every year after mating in order for a new and larger one to grow. Before being sold, the antlers are collected in European forests, quality checked, brushed, and trimmed. The "sandpaper effect" created by the dog chewing on the antlers removes plaque. The antlers are hypoallergenic, completely clean, sustainable, and environmentally friendly products that last longer than standard chewing bones. Furthermore, the products are completely digestible, but keep in mind that they are not intended for the dog to consume them all at once.
Ozami chew roll is a tasty, high-quality, organic chew roll for dogs that is made in Finland. Colorings, preservatives, or other additives are not used in this healthy delicacy, which is made from 100% pure ingredients.
The Vainu series from MUSH contains, among other things, pig tails, ox throats, and windpipes, which provide your dog with a good chewing activity while also giving you peace of mind that you are not giving your dog various GMOs, additives, or bone meal, which are otherwise found in many chewing bones on the market. MUSH VAINU is a high-quality, 100% pure product.
Naturea Naturals has also created an excellent chewing stick known as Daily Dental Care Chicken Sticks. These teeth cleaning chews come in a variety of sizes for both small and large dogs.
Products from Essential Foods include rabbit delight (rabbit ears), skin delight (beef skin), and cow delight (beef ears), all of which provide your dog with a fantastic taste experience and plenty of chewing time. The products are entirely natural.
WOOLF are new chewing rolls designed for light chewers or quick chewing activity. They are available in sizes small to XL and with the following meats: duck, lamb, salmon, chicken, beef, and tuna.
Cod skin and catfish skin are two excellent chewing options for dogs. The products are exactly what they sound like: fish skin. Skin has a tough barrier that takes time for your dog to chew through. Fish skin contains omega fatty acids and can be usefully cut into small pieces and used as treats. (NOTE: Because the product may smell like fish, it is best to use the skins in the garden.)
Always choose the correct size; the product should not be too small for your dog's mouth, or it may become stuck in the mouth or throat. When your dog has access to chewing bones or antlers, always supervise it and, if necessary, let it chew for 15-20 minutes at a time before taking it away. Check the dog's mouth for blood after use as well, as this could indicate gingivitis or other dental issues.