Keeping up with your dog’s regular veterinary checkups is a necessity, but some pet parents may forget that keeping up with their dogs’ dental cleanings are just as important. Certain breeds are predisposed to having poor oral health, making it even more difficult to keep up with teeth cleaning.
Does your pup have a less-than-perfect smile? Are you lucky enough to have a dog who doesn’t mind when you brush their teeth at home? Regardless of your dog’s oral health and preferences, you’ll still need to keep their chompers clean between visits to the doggy dentist.
You should ask your vet for at-home dental care advice first. Luckily, there are plenty of products that can make your dog’s home dental care routine easier and less stressful for both you and your pooch! Here are a few pet parent favorites for keeping dogs’ teeth clean between professional cleanings.
1. Dog Toothpaste And Brush Kit
This kit by Arm and Hammer contains dog toothpaste with baking soda, which helps to clean and scrub away even the smallest particles of plaque and tartar on your pet’s teeth. The toothpaste is made of natural ingredients and has a yummy chicken flavor with a mint scent.
The kit also includes two different types of toothbrushes–a finger brush and a dual headed toothbrush. The dual headed brush has a small end and a large end, making it easier to reach any place in your pup’s mouth! The finger brush is soothing and especially useful for a dog who has sensitive or inflamed gums.
2. Poultry Flavored Toothpaste
This toothpaste from Virbac is made for both adult dogs and cats, and it has a flavor your pet will love! It contains a unique enzyme system designed to prevent plaque formation on your dog’s teeth.
You can brush your dog’s teeth with it daily, and the toothpaste doesn’t have any foaming agents, making it perfectly safe for your pet to swallow. Also, its appetizing flavor makes it easier for your pet to enjoy their teeth brushing session!
3. Greenies Dog Dental Treats
These popular Greenies treats are made for medium sized adult dogs weighing in at 25-50 pounds. They can be given to your dog once a day and have a taste your pet will love. They also help to freshen breath, and are easy to digest!
The texture of the treat itself is designed to remove plaque and tartar near your dog’s gumline. They are made from all natural ingredients and come highly recommended by veterinarians!
4. OraVet Dental Hygiene Chews
These great tasting and easy-to-digest treats are dissolvable and made for adult small breed dogs. You can give your dog the chews once a day or as directed by your vet.
This specific treat is the only chew that contains the ingredient delmopinol. Delmopinol aids in plaque removal and then forms a barrier against bacteria that causes your dog’s bad breath.
These chews can reduce significant amounts of tartar, plaque, and bad breath after just two months of daily use!
5. Milk Bone Dental Chews
These treats have a shape that mimics toothbrush bristles, which helps get to all those hard to reach places in your pup’s mouth. They come highly recommended by vets who say these treats reduce tartar buildup and may work as well as brushing your dog’s teeth twice a week!
They have a yummy chicken flavor, contain twelve different vitamins and minerals, and help to fight bad breath. Also, Milk-Bone formulated these tasty treats for adult dogs of all sizes!
Do you use any dental products with your dog at home? Are there any specific toothbrushes or toothpastes that you would recommend? Let us know in the comments below!
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