Dental Care for Dogs
So as it goes, it was just a normal day when I took my dog to his annual vet visit. The doctor mentioned that my dog was starting to get plaque build up on his teeth. Now I know what it looks like for humans, but for DOGS?! Your dog should be receiving regular dental care while at home, I know I am not brushing his teeth. Feeding your dog hard food is beneficial in cleaning their teeth, but it is not sufficient in completely caring for your dog’s teeth. She mentioned that brushing your dog’s teeth will allow you to remove plaque and tartar build up, which I stated would be difficult since my dog resists any type of grooming attempts. I think all you dog owners out there can agree that they are not the most patient creatures out there.
He hates getting his hair cut, ears cleaned, or flea medicine administered. So after a failed attempt to even get a toothbrush near his mouth, I asked what other options there were. Seriously doc, help me out here! Apparently, there are specific treats that are designed to clean teeth, if that is the route that you choose to go. And can end up being pretty tasty for your dog!
So, what can you do to help your dog become used to having their teeth cleaned?
Welcome to my site. I am an avid pet lover and wanted to make sure everyone was well informed about what regular maintenance needs to be done in order to keep your pet safe, unlike some people I know out there. This site will focus on the most popular house pets, so if you have some weird animal like a raccoon living inside, sorry, but this is not the place for you (But if you CONTACT ME, I will make sure that I write a special post just for you!) I am all bringing what people want to read.
How do I know what I am talking about, you ask?!
Well, as the father of two wonderful, furry dogs, one beautiful, clever cat, and multiple fish, I have been learning about parenting pets for years. I am not a veterinarian, if that is what you are wondering, but I am in constant contact with our pet care providers and am well informed about the regular care of household pets (And no, I am not a crazy cat person, one cat, that is it!)
Like I said, I will try to cover all areas of regular pet maintenance, like vaccines, medications, food, grooming, and anything else that should regularly be done to keep your pet safe. But please, do not ask me about your regular children as compared to your fur children. I am not a pediatrician. Humans need human doctoring. And, if you feel that your pet needs immediate attention or if you are experiencing a pet emergency, call your vet immediately. I am not a vet, nor do I pretend to be one. If you are looking for when you need to take your dog for their rabies shots that is easy!! I am your man.