According to all the dog food commercials, people want the best for their pets – after all, they’re family. This includes making sure they get the medical care they need. But what about their teeth?
If caring for a dog is new to you, it might have come as a surprise when the vet first explained to you what dental care involves for your new friend. With routine dental cleanings ranging from US $ 450 ($ 620) to US $ 1,000 ($ 1,377), and additional procedures (like extractions) costing even more – and the fact that the dog is under anesthesia during the date – you’ll want to make sure to keep their chompers as clean and healthy as possible.
The American Association of Veterinarians (AVMA) recommends having your dog’s teeth professionally cleaned at least once a year, as well as keeping a healthy smile at home. Here’s how to do it.
Brush their teeth
Just like us, dogs experience a buildup of plaque and tartar on their teeth. “Regular brushing of your pet’s teeth is the most effective thing you can do to keep their teeth healthy between dental cleanings, and may reduce the frequency or even eliminate the need for periodic dental cleaning by your veterinarian.” according to AVMA.
And here’s a video showing you how:
Ideally, a dog’s teeth should be brushed daily, but if that doesn’t happen, a few times a week should be enough, according to the AVMA.
Give them something to chew on
There are all kinds of treats, toys, chews, and sticks that claim to help clean your dog’s teeth, but the AVMA says not all of them are equally effective. You can ask your veterinarian for recommendations or consult the Veterinary Oral Health Council (VOHC)the website for their latest list of approved dental products for dogs, which the organization tests and verifies for their ability to prevent plaque and tartar buildup.