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Posted on 08-02-2017
In addition to professional dog teeth cleaning once a year, our vets in Watertown, CT recommend home preventative care to reduce the risk of your dog suffering teeth and gum diseases. Older dogs are especially prone to dental caries and plaque build-up at the gum line, which can cause painful tooth decay, loose teeth, and bleeding gums. To keep your dog's teeth clean and his breath fresher, here are five great dental care tips you can do to help your dog pass each pet dental exam with flying colors.
Chewing on rawhide or Nylabone toys work to scrape off plaque while satisfying a dog's urge to gnaw and exercise jaw muscles. Nylabone toys are softer than steak bones or ham shanks and won't fracture teeth as some harder objects might. Some dogs prefer nylon or rubber chew toys over natural chew bones. Just make sure the toy you give your dog is big enough so that it isn't a choking hazard.
Look for crunchy food marked with the Veterinary Oral Health Council® stamp of approval. The VOHC recognizes products meeting standards of tartar and plaque prevention in dog and cats. Examples of VOHC-approved pet products recommended by your vets in Watertown CT include Canine Greenies, Science Diet Oral Care for dogs and Purina DentaLife Daily Oral Care Dog Treats.
Although you can use a human toothbrush to brush your dog's teeth, doggie toothbrushes designed for canine teeth are smaller and work better to remove plaque and debris. Canine toothbrushes are angled differently than human toothbrushes and some slide over the end of your finger for easier manipulation. Toothpaste for dogs is also available that comes with flavors dogs love--beef, chicken and even peanut butter.
If your dog hates having his teeth brushed, your veterinarian near Watertown CT recommends purchasing canine teeth wipes for removing food particles and bacteria responsible for plaque build-up. You can find canine dental pads at your pet store or online that conveniently wrap around your finger for ease of use. We carry Oravet, a dental hygiene chew that provides an easy, daily oral
care. This product fights the source of bad breath, as well as plaque and tartar, build up, especially if used after professional teeth cleaning.
In addition to preventative care at home and scheduling an annual pet dental exam, having your dog's teeth cleaned by a veterinarian is another great way to keep your dog's teeth and gums as healthy as possible. Dogs with painful oral diseases will not only avoid eating and drinking but may also suffer systemic infections if oral bacteria reach the bloodstream.
We proudly serve the communities of Watertown, Waterbury, and Oakville. Contact Watertown Animal Hospital today to make a dental appointment for your dog at 860-274-2212.
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