Taking care of your dog’s oral health is an important part of being a pet parent. Setting up a regular oral healthcare routine will help ensure they have clean teeth, fresh breath and a healthy smile. Here are four tips for helping your dog be at their best when it comes to caring for their mouth.
Take an Up-close Look
Your dog’s mouth comes into contact with much more than what they eat and drink — the things they lick and carry can impact their health too. It’s a good idea to check their lips, teeth, gums and tongue for any injuries or abnormalities like swelling or discoloration on a regular basis. If your dog’s breath stinks, that’s another clue you’ll want to pay attention to and discuss with your vet.
Give Them Dog Oral Care Treats
Feed your dog snacks and treats made to promote their oral health! Treats like these are specially designed to pair a chewy texture that fights plaque and tartar with tasty flavors dogs love. One GREENIES™ Dental Treat a day is a great routine for helping your dog maintain clean teeth and fresh breath.
Try a Dog Toothbrush
A quick at-home daily cleaning with a dog-friendly toothbrush and toothpaste could be a welcome addition to your dog’s dental care. Check with your vet for recommendations about cleaning your dog’s teeth as well as which toothbrushes and toothpastes might be right for your pup. And while you’re at the vet …
Schedule Regular Exams and Cleanings with Your Vet
Your vet has the tools and expertise to professionally clean your dog’s teeth and assess any early warning signs to watch out for. They will ultimately be the best resource for helping maintain your dog’s health, so make time to talk with them about creating a helpful oral-care routine for your pet.
Building and sticking to your dog’s oral care routine doesn’t have to be tough! In fact, by using treats, toys and affection during up-close cleaning time, your routine can be pretty fun for your both (and tasty for them). The trick is to care for their mouths every day, pay attention to any warning signs and take your vet’s advice. That way you can enjoy happy dog kisses (with breath that doesn’t stink) for years to come!