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Taking care of your dog’s teeth!

dog1Is your dog’s breath fiercer than its bark? There might be something that you might be missing out on in the checklist of keeping your dog healthy! Amongst all those food choices, visits to the vet and exercise, oral hygiene often gets the cold shoulder. This leads to bad gums, smelly breath, infection, toothache and general bad health in our loved creatures. An unhealthy dog is an unhappy dog. Here’s how to keep him healthy and happy through oral hygiene:

1. Regular visits to the vet: In our busy schedule, if we can fit a visit to the doctor for ourselves, then isn’t dog man’s best friend? Periodical checkups will go a long way in ensuring that the canine teeth are strong and healthy! Just remember, be patient as the dog may not like his teeth be tinkered with. A little love (read treats) will go a long way in keeping him calm at the vet!

dog-22. Brushing: Be a patient owner! Brush your pet’s teeth every alternate day (we all know that once a day may not be possible) with a doggie toothbrush and toothpaste (both are available at pet-shops). This may not be a cakewalk as your dog may not be comfortable with you with handling its mouth. But patience is key. Along with treats, rewards and love.

3. Flossing: Another great way to remove the plaque that causes bad breath. Do ensure that one does not floss in a vertical saw-like manner, rather the floss is wrapped around the teeth.

4. The chew toy: The dogs may not be able to brush their teeth themselves, but can surely gnaw their plaque away on bones, toys and chew-sticks. Just ensure that the bones aren’t too tough or it might hurt the teeth more.