Many dogs will not adjust to having their owners scrubbing away at their pearly whites unless you train them from puppyhood. If your finicky pup rejects a toothbrush, here are a few alternatives for dog dental care.
Dental Tips For Finicky Dogs
We’ve all been there. You get one whiff of your dog’s breath as they go to give you a sweet puppy kiss, and you think, yeesh, you need to brush your teeth, buddy — stat.
Most owners have heard from their vets that brushing their dogs’ teeth is important for their long-term health, and yet 65% of pet owners still don’t bother. A lot of these owners may have tried dental upkeep and failed miserably when their pup gave their new toothbrush the stink-eye. Yes, there are meaty doggy toothpastes out there, but the reality is that many dogs will not adjust to having their owners scrubbing away at their pearly whites unless you train them from puppyhood. If your finicky pup rejects a toothbrush, here are a few alternatives for dog dental care.
Quality food that supports tooth health.
If your dog’s breath is especially offensive, their food might be to blame. Check that their food has quality ingredients that support their tooth and digestive health. Get a recommendation from your vet if you’re not sure what brand or ingredients might benefit your pup most.
Pet companies often take easy dental care for dogs into account when formulating some treats and toy lines. Hard meaty treats and tough chew toys help your dog wear down plaque. Avoid giving them bones, which are starchy, and sugary or carb-heavy treats. If you want to feed them some ‘people-food’ treats you have on hand, baby carrots or skinless pieces of apple are good choices.
A water additive.
Dental care for dogs can be a little sneaky when they’re feeling picky. If you’re already using a quality food and providing chewy toys and treats, but the stinky breath and plaque persist, consider an additive that you put directly in their water to promote tooth health. Some dogs may notice a difference, but most won’t. Pet supply stores often have several brands available. Ask your vet for their opinion on a safe and effective option.
A dental care procedure at their vet.
If your dog’s tooth situation is pretty dire, ask our vet clinic about the possibility of a dental cleaning procedure. Two things to consider: your pet must be in good health, as it may involve a sedative. Your dog’s mouth will never be so fresh and clean as after a professional vet dental, and upkeep will be easier.
Even if all these ideas are non-options for your particular situation or dog, AZ Paws will absolutely have more personalized advice for dental care for your animals. Don’t be afraid to ask for advice and explore all options before your pets mouth is in a crisis.