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How To Care For Your Dog Teeth At Home

Oral health care is not just an important part of good hygiene, it is important for overall health when it comes to people and their furry best friends. Yes, your dog needs to maintain good oral care, on a daily basis too.  The health of your dog’s mouth is vital to its overall health and should be factored and worked into your daily routine, along with scheduled feeding and exercise. While it is important to let the professionals check your dog’s teeth every six months or so – there are things you can do to help keep your dog’s oral health in optimum shape.

The Basics of Brushing Dogs Teeth

You should be brushing your dog’s teeth daily. If life is too hurried and an extra minute is not available every day, try to factor the time to conduct a quick brush every other day or at a bare minimum, twice per week. Brushing your dog’s teeth helps keep plaque and tartar at bay which if left on the teeth can quickly turn into a serious mouth condition and lead to other health concerns. Tools to help make brushing somewhat easier include a special toothpaste made for dogs, longer for you to maneuver, and do not forget the special doggy toothpaste. While the toothbrush is not necessary, the toothpaste is since people toothpaste can make dogs sick.

Flossing Dog Teeth is Essential

Much of a dog health care plan is the same as ours. Flossing is an essential follow up to brushing your dog’s teeth to ensure that plaque that is left from brushing is removed before it hardens and becomes more difficult to remove. Flossing is something you will need to work with as you and your dog become comfortable with this task. Give your dog breaks as holding its mouth open for extended periods of time can be very uncomfortable. After a while, flossing will become second nature for both you and your dog.

Keeping Clean In-Between Cleanings

If you are brushing your dog’s teeth less than once daily, it is a good idea to offer your dog ways to clean his teeth in-between cleanings. There is a wide selection of treats available at pet-friendly retailers that can help accomplish this for you. Talk to your dog’s veterinarian to discuss their preferred type of teeth-cleaning snack.

In addition to these three easy teeth cleaning steps, you should conduct a visual inspection of your dog’s mouth daily. Early detection of a problem is the best way to help prevent serious issues with your dog’s oral health later on. Signs of a potential problem are bad breath; bad doggy breath is not typical. Red and inflamed gums that bleed easily and signs of yellow buildup on your dog’s teeth are other symptoms you should watch for. If any of these signs are noticed take your dog into your veterinarian as soon as possible. It is also important to make sure your dog has regular oral health care visits twice a year for a checkup and be sure to ask your veterinarian on tips for improving your oral health care for your dog.

Author Bio: Sami Berman fosters dogs that are considered at-risk from local shelters and rescues. Sami provides a loving and safe environment for her furry guests that begin with a reliable dog containment system with remote training collars.

Four Health Tips Pet Owners Need To Remember

 

People love their pets, and they’ll do whatever they can to make sure that they’re happy and well taken care of.  Some people prefer to own fish, while others love having a hutch full of rabbits. But, overall people in America seem to love owning cats and dogs far more than other animals. From 1970 to 2010, the number of dogs and cats in homes has increased from 67 million to 164 million.  A lot of people spend time making sure that their pets are well fed and have toys, but are less diligent when it comes to regular vet appointments and shots.  Every pet owner should make sure that their pets are in good health, but pet health should go beyond a few trips to the vet.  If you want to make sure that your pet is in the best health, remember these important pet health tips.

Maintain a Healthy Weight

In the past few years’ pets have been gaining weight along with their owners, and now obesity among pets is a considerable health issue.  Unfortunately pets can develop other health problems if they’re obese.  Keep in mind that pets don’t need nearly as many calories as humans do each day.  For example, 185-370 a day for a small, inactive dog and just 240-350 calories daily can be enough for a 10-pound cat.  Talk to your vet about the best diet for your pet, and see if they recommend any vitamin supplements.

Have your pets spayed and neutered.

Millions of pets end up in shelters across the United States each year, and that number would decrease if more owners spayed and neutered their pets.  The procedure can be performed as early as 6 to 8 weeks in age, and can be done quickly and is relatively painless for your pet.  Spaying and neutering have other benefits that go beyond pet population control.  Having your cat or dog spayed or neutered could also reduce their risk of contracting certain cancers.

Avoid Using Human Medication

Some pet owners think that a little Ibuprofen can help their pet’s aches and pains, but you should never give medication that is made for humans to your pet.  The ASPCA recognizes human medication as a major pet toxin, and even a small dose has the potential to cause kidney damage, seizures, and even cardiac arrest in a dog or cat.  Talk to your vet about proper medications and topical treatments that can be used on your pet, and keep a list in case of emergencies.

Give Flea and Tick Treatments

All pets, regardless of if they go outside or are strictly indoor pets, should always be given regular preventative flea and tick treatments.  Fleas, ticks, and other parasites can easily find their way into your home. Once they get into your home, they become much more difficult to remove. Fortunately there are many preventative treatments that have the added benefit of treating worms and other troublesome parasites.

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Sean Carter is an experienced writer who has contributed to numerous blogs covering a variety of topics such a travel, health and the latest technology and gadgets