Helping a rescue dog to get on their feet (sometimes quite literally) is a long and demanding process.
It’s very important to look after your dog’s teeth and mouth hygiene. They are, after all, predators and close relatives of wolves. That’s why this element of their overall well-being can hardly be overestimated. We’ve taken a look at what a lot of novice dog owners miss. We’ve also looked into some advice from vets and dog enthusiasts. The following tips should give you a high-level look at what you should do. It’s important to remember that an adult dog has roughly 10 more teeth than a grown-up human, so you might have to put just a bit more effort in taking care of them.
So, here are the 5 tips you must look into:
- Brushing dog’s teeth is crucial.
This should be obvious, however, we can’t leave out this tip. This is the most straightforward way to keep your dog healthy, active and really fully functional.
- Start off when they’re young
The same as with kids – you have to make brushing dog’s teeth a routine and not a ceremony held only before going to the vet. It’s a win-win situation – dog’s getting excellent care from an early age and your becoming so used to the procedure that it becomes almost second nature.
- Dry food
This might sound a bit counter-intuitive, because we might think that soft food will cause less damage to teeth. That’s not the case with dogs – they are designed to eat dry and ‘chewy’ food, not semi-liquid porridges or any of that nonsense. Soft food will more likely get stuck in between dog’s teeth and cause decay.
- Use chew toys
Keep your dog entertained and well-exercised. This applies to chewing muscles, too. You don’t want to be left with a dog that’s not able to really bite into stuff for its own protection or any other purposes. Even if your dog is (and here we’re quoting Lethal Weapon) ‘too old for this ****”, it’s still important to maintain some level of exercise for the teeth.
- Checking-up with the vet
Taking into account how fast dogs grow – it’s advised to see a vet every 6-12 months. This time span is enough to keep your dog’s mouth hygiene on a good level and also not to let a possible disease or any serious condition deteriorate severely. You should also be keen on noticing any changes that the dog might demonstrate. This could mean an underlying problem. Is your dog eating less? Is it avoiding chewing the more solid toys? These might be indicators that you have to visit a vet soon.
The important thing to remember is that however aggressive or wild a dog might look, they’re still quite delicate creatures.
While being able to survive in the wilderness on their own, it’s certainly an amazing bonus for your rescue or adopted dog that you can take care of them, including helping keep their teeth in perfect condition for a long-long time.