April is Active Dog Month
The month of April is Active Dog Month. This month-long…
We all want our dog’s oral health to be as good as possible. But not all dogs will accept the fact that there’s a toothbrush in their mouth. How can you clean their teeth without a toothbrush? Can it even be done? Luckily, it can.
Trick 1: Doggy Dental Spray
Your local pet store (like PetSmart or Petco) often sell doggy dental spray. Dogs generally love the spray once it’s in their mouth, even though they may not appreciate the “spray” part. The spray is tasty, freshens their doggy breath, and helps remove plaque from their teeth.
Sprays are usually one of the ‘last’ things to try because they do work slower than other products.
Trick 2: Coconut Oil
Most of us have heard of the benefits of coconut oil for humans but it doesn’t stop there. Coconut oil is a bacteria killer. Rubbing coconut oil on your dog’s teeth and gums can assist with reducing plaque-causing bacteria. The best part? If your dog doesn’t appreciate you rubbing her teeth yourself, you can add the coconut oil to her food, and it works just the same.
Trick 3: Bully Sticks
Bully sticks aren’t just a tasty snack. They’re firm pieces of ‘meat’ your dog generally spends a significant time chewing on (unless you have a wild chewer). Bully sticks help your dog’s dental health by chipping off tartar while chewing.
Trick 4: Raw Bones
This one is something you’ll need to talk to your veterinarian about first. But, if he or she gives you the go ahead, raw bones are known to be very helpful for doggy dental health.
When your dog is eating a raw bone, they’re tearing off connective tissue and chomping down which cleans not only the surface of their teeth but the spaces between their teeth as well.
Don’t use a cooked bone. Cooked bones are not good for dogs in any way. Cooked bones are known to splinter and cause a wide range of health problems.
Hop to It: Time to Get Started
Now that you know you can ‘brush your dog’s teeth’ without actually brushing, you can get started on keeping her mouth healthy. If you have any questions about your dog’s dental health, be sure to ask your veterinarian. If you have an older dog, see what your veterinarian thinks of your dog’s teeth and which option would be best for your individual dog.
Nothing in this article should be construed as financial, legal or veterinary advice. Please consult your own advisors for questions relating to your and your pet’s specific circumstances.
Guest Blogger: Amber Drake