Although my wife, Teresa, is the toothbrusher-in chief in our home, I understand the value of pet dental hygiene. I discuss my perspectives using a reader who wrote me about her Greyhound.
Q: I ‘ve a greyhound, and I understand from previous experience they get plenty of tartar accumulation. What’s the best approach to take care of her teeth?
A: You’re not alone. Greyhounds, cavalier King Charles spaniels and other toy dog breeds, and several other dogs have a powerful inclination toward periodontal disease. By the time they’re 2 to 3 years old, 80 percentage of dogs and 70 percentage of cats have some amount of dental disease, plus it just gets worse throughout life if they don’t get great home care and regular professional cleanings. Nasty breath which could knock a horse over isn’t standard; here are a few things that you can certainly do to prevent it and keep your dog’s mouth healthy.
I say this all the time: Brush your dog’s teeth daily. If you’re not certain how, ask your veterinarian for a demo. Using a soft-bristled brush or even only some gauze held at a 45-degree angle to the tooth, clean the teeth using a circular motion. Use flavored pet toothpaste to boost your greyhound’s endorsement of the method. Avoid using toothpaste made for folks; it features ingredients that can upset your dog’s belly, since she consumes instead of spits.
If your dog is unwilling, do one tooth, praise her and give a treat. Come back after and do another one, followed by praise as well as a treat. Eventually, your dog should come to accept having all of her teeth brushed at once.
Some dogs aren’t great candidates for teeth cleaning. If that’s the case by means of your dog, ask your veterinarian about dental chews, sealants and other products that might assist in preventing plaque and tartar accumulation.
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