Preventative Dental Care for Dogs
Published on: Mar 4, 2016
Transcripts - Preventative Dental Care for Dogs
CARE FOR DOGS
By Elmhurst Animal Care Center
Dental hygiene is important for all members of your
family, even your furry friends. At Elmhurst Animal
Care Center, the maintenance of your dog’s teeth is a
top priority to avoid hygiene issues and bad breath,
and to lengthen the life of your canine companion. If
the plaque buildup on your dog’s teeth and gums is
not removed regularly, it can move into the
bloodstream and negatively affect the coronary and
hepatic systems. Elmhurst Animal Care Center treats
progressive periodontal disease and provides regular
cleaning, but the preventative measures owners take
at home is perhaps the biggest factor in canine dental
health. Below are some tips for taking care of your
Preventative Dental Care
Make brushing your dog’s teeth part of your
routine at least twice a week.
• Do not use human toothpaste – ask your vet for
special canine paste or use baking soda.
• Clean in a circular motion with the toothbrush,
lifting their lips to access the entire tooth.
• Give your dog a nylon or rawhide chew toy to
help remove tartar and strengthen teeth.
• Feed your dog only dry pet food and no table
scraps to minimize plaque buildup.
• If you see (or smell) something out of the
ordinary, call your vet for a checkup.