I love my dog. If I had my way, I would spend my day with him instead of my coworkers. I’m pretty sure he feels the same way too. There is one thing about my pooch that I don’t love and that is his horribly bad doggie breath. I honestly believe it can melt paint off steel sometimes, and no, I’m not exaggerating. It even had me so nervous that I brought him to the vet to be sure there wasn’t an underlying medical problem I should be concerned about. Luckily, my dog’s bad breath wasn’t a concern; bad breath is actually quite common in canines, caused by a build up of plaque and tartar on the dog’s teeth.
Proper canine dental care is actually a very important aspect of caring for a dog, young or old. You aren’t the only one who requires dental care now and then, you know. Pets, especially dogs, should have their teeth checked and cleaned somewhat frequently. If plaque buildup and tartar problems are not attended to they can potentially lead to serious health problems.
You’re probably thinking how exactly do you clean your dog’s teeth, aren’t you? Well there are a few easy solutions to this dilemma and no they don’t involve you making an appointment with your dentist. Instead, have your dog chew on bones or greenies dog treats. As your dog cheerfully chews on one of these items, plaque and tarter are scraped away from your pet’s teeth. Another bonus about dental bones and treats is that they work great on younger and older dogs alike.
Personally, I’m a big believer in prevention. Brushing your dog’s teeth is a great preventative measure but can take a very long time to see results if there is already a plaque build up from lack of care over the years. It is better and easier than treatment, especially when serious health problems have occurred. It isn’t as bad as you think. Some manufacturers understand that dog’s generally don’t like getting their teeth brushed so they produce toothpastes in tasty flavors such as beef and chicken so your pets can enjoy instead of dread the experience.