Dental Hygiene Tips for Dogs

Here at University Animal Hospital, February is dental month for all our patients! Right now, we’re offering a discount on our dental cleanings when you mention “FEBDENTAL”. However, your dog’s dental hygiene shouldn’t stop there. We’re here to help you maintain your dog’s mouth all year round to prevent dental disease and other issues that can stem from their mouth.

Brush, Brush, Brush
The best way to stay on top of your dog’s oral hygiene is to brush their teeth, just like you do to yours. A soft bristle brush can stop plaque buildup and remove bacteria. To get started, you can purchase a special toothbrush that is angled perfectly for easy access to all their chompers.

Never use your toothpaste on their teeth, as it has dangerous chemicals in it, if ingested. Special dog toothpaste is made to taste better, like treats, and contains no toxic ingredients so they can ingest it.

For the busy pet moms and dads out there, there is an alternative to brushing your dog’s teeth. There are dental wipes made specifically for wiping down your dog’s teeth, gums and mouth. While not as effective as brushing, this is a great alternative when you’re pressed for time. Simply wipe down the inside of their mouth to remove surface bacteria. There are many different wipes to choose from, you can see more here.

Dental Treats
These tasty treats can be purchased at your favorite pet store and come in a variety of flavors. These are not a substitute to actual brushing, but they do promote better oral health and help strengthen your dog’s teeth. Look for dental treats next time you’re at the store to keep your pup’s mouth in tip-top shape in-between brushing.

Other Tips
We know that brushing your dog’s teeth every day is a lot of work, which is why there are other things you can do to help them achieve better dental hygiene. Being conscious of the things they put in their mouth is the best thing you can do for them. For breeds with more sensitive teeth or gums, make sure the toys and food you buy for them can accommodate this sensitivity. Softer toys and special food can keep their mouth healthy and pain free!

If you have any questions about caring for your dog’s oral hygiene, please contact us today. Don’t forget to schedule your appointment online and claim our Dental Month promo.