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If you haven’t noticed, your pup has teeth and those teeth need to be cared for. What a lot of dog owners don’t realize is that their pups need proper dental care. Dental health has an impact on the pup’s overall health. Your pup may not be able to communicate his/her needs to you and because of that, they often suffer in silence. Poor dental health can lead to many complications. For example, the bacteria in the mouth can enter your pup’s bloodstream and cause cardiovascular issues. In fact, it can even affect the liver and kidneys. According to a survey, around 85% of dogs above the age of 4 suffer from periodontal disease. Periodontal disease refers to a range of oral health conditions that can lead to infection and teeth loss. It is also a highly painful condition.This is exactly why your pup needs oral and dental care. So, to help you, we’ve listed out a few helpful tips and suggestions.Getting started
The first step is obviously to get your pup used to you handling his/her mouth. This will get him accustomed to the brushing and cleaning and you won’t have trouble even when the little guy/gal grows up. There isn’t a specific time or hour to start the process. You could just try to open his/her mouth or place your hand over his/her muzzle when he/she snuggles up to you. Try to talk to your pup in a loving and friendly tone when you are doing this. Offer some praise and share treats. This will help your pup think that there’s something good going on and he/she won’t resist later. Do this as often as possible.The basics
Once your pup gets used to you handling his/her mouth, you can start off with some basic dental care.First off, you will need to brush your pup’s teeth. This will help prevent issues such as tar-tar. Try doing this on a weekly basis. Always approach your pup, when he/she is calm and relaxed. Start off by using your fingers and then, move onto using a brush. You can also consult your vet on brushing techniques.The next step is to include some oral care foods. You can start by feeding him/her premium pet food that is kibbled and firm. Such foods will offer protection against plaque formation because of the abrasive properties they possess. In fact, some premium pet foods are made for this very purpose. Similarly, there are dental treats that freshen up your pup’s breath and prevent plaque. Plus, these treats are flavorful, which makes things even simpler. Just hand out one or two and your pup isn’t likely to refuse. Finally, take your pup to the vet for periodical examinations and cleaning. Talk to your vet about the visit schedule.