A few weeks ago we asked the iHeartDogs Facebook fans the following question:
Now be honest. What’s your status when it comes to brushing your dog’s teeth?
The results did not surprise us. More than 1,500 people responded, and a whopping 83% reported that they don’t brush their dog’s teeth as often as they should. After all, brushing a dog’s teeth comes first when filling a cavity!
The problem, of course, is that we all know that good dental care for dogs is critical, and that a small amount of prevention can prevent serious pain and illness that our pets can experience as they age. More than 80% of dogs over 3 years old have signs of periodontal disease. The problem is even more serious if you have a small breed dog, or if you feed only dry dog food.
If our pup isn’t good at brushing, there are great options to use in between vet visits. In this article we share our top 5 ideas for puppies (or owners!) who hate brushing:
1. Teach your dog to brush itself!
Our friend Petros Dertsakyan was inspired to come up with a way for dogs to brush their own teeth after losing his childhood dog to an oral disease. The invention uses an ingenious method of having the dog hold the toy while chewing on rubber bristles that scrape the teeth of plaque. Just apply a dab of pet-safe toothpaste (optional) and your dog will have a daily brushing routine that he really enjoys!
More information about the Brushing Stick can be found here.
2. Easy mouth or water baking sprays
A “spray a day” might keep the plaque away. All natural dental sprays exist that can work on your dog’s plaque without the need for brushing. You simply spray into your dog’s mouth or spray over the water bowl. As simple as it can be!
3. Delicious dental chews
A favorite of many dogs, because they find it a treat! Dental treats help scrape away plaque as your dog chews. Many treats contain ingredients such as turmeric and mint, both of which support a healthy mouth and fresh breath.
4. Easy and gentle dental wipes
Although you still need to apply it to their teeth, many dogs don’t mind these gentle wipes, which contain antimicrobial ingredients, which kill bad bacteria in your dog’s mouth.
5. A non-invasive, ‘invisible’ toothbrush (this one’s free!)
Many dogs are afraid of brushing because we approach them with a large, human-like toothbrush with coarse bristles. Ultimately, the toothbrush itself becomes an anxiety trigger. This gave us an idea: what if we made an almost invisible toothbrush?
A few weeks ago, this idea finally came to life when we released our “invisible” finger toothbrush for dogs. Because we believe deeply in dental care for our puppies, we actually made the product free (just pay a small S&H).
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