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Dog Tartar Removal – The Easy Way

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Dog Tartar Removal

Just like humans, we need to be sure we are taking care of our dogs’ teeth.  Tartar buildup can lead to gingivitis, just like humans; and infections that can spread to the rest of the body, just like humans.  It’s important to get tartar off dogs’ teeth, but dog tartar removal can be a little tricky.

The good news is, if you begin when your dog is a puppy, you can start to build a habit that will last a lifetime.  There are several methods you can try at home or you can consult your vet to help with dog tartar removal.

At home remediesBrushing

Dogs do not usually get cavities like humans do, but they do get tartar buildup on their teeth. You will need to get this tartar off your dog’s teeth before it leads to gum disease or tooth loss, or before it causes infections that can get into the bloodstream or the kidneys and cause serious harm.

You can get a dog toothpaste and a specially designed toothbrush at most pet supply places to use for brushing your dog’s teeth. It is important to note that you cannot use human toothpaste, because the fluoride can be toxic to dogs.

The brushes are angled and have small heads so they fit your dog’s mouth better than a human brush can. If you start when your dog is still a puppy, he can get used to the activity and even start to look forward to it.  Some tips for success –

 

  1. Make sure your dog has a lot of exercise first so he’ll be a little tired and less likely to fight you.
  2. Start slow – let your dog get used to the activity and don’t rush things.
  3. If your dog decides to squirm away, let him go and try again another time.  Add a little bit more time every day until you are able to brush all of his teeth.
  4. Use a gentle circular motion instead of sawing back and forth.
  5. If you want, you can start with an old washcloth and gently rub your dog’s teeth with the cloth and a touch of dog toothpaste.
  6. Be reassuring to your dog and try to stay calm yourself.

Give your dog a fun reward (non-food) when you are all done.

 

At home remedies – Dry Food

dog tarter removal,You can feed your dog dry food to help keep tartar down because of the mechanics of the food being crushed by the teeth.  Some dry foods even include ingredients designed to improve dental health.  Examine the bag and look for words that will tell you that it helps remove tartar.

At home remedies – Bones and Chews

Another way to get tartar off dogs’ teeth and keep it at bay is to give them bones and chew toys.  These will work on strengthening your dog’s gums and jaws at the same time as they remove tartar from his teeth.

Check with your vet or a specialty pet store to find the right kind of bone for your dog.  They should be large and durable, such as a bovine patella, and never a small bone that can splinter easily, such as a chicken bone.

Rawhide dog chews are also excellent ways to help your dog’s teeth stay healthy and strong.  Some dog treats are also fantastic at helping get tartar off dog’s teeth.  Dental treats are available in a number of forms; some are soft and green and others are like a rawhide except they are meant to be eaten.

Time for the vet

Sometimes the tartar buildup is just too strong for a home treatment, and you need to get a vet to do a professional cleaning. You should also see your vet if your dog has severely bad breath, discolored teeth, or bleeding gums.  Your vet may be able to prescribe a dog kibble that can help with tartar control.  As a last resort, dog tartar removal is done under a general anesthesia, which carries its own risks.

Summary

Finding an expert at your local pet supply shop is a great place to start in finding the right combination of foods and chews for your dog so tartar can be knocked off his teeth and kept down.  The more you can do at home, the less likely it is that your dog will have to get veterinary attention to remove the tartar, and the healthier he will be overall.

Please leave a comment (positive or negative) or a question below and I will answer as soon as possible, Thanks

Wayne

4 thoughts on “Dog Tartar Removal – The Easy Way
  1. Really top quality blog posts on this site, saved to fav.

    1. Wayne says:

      Hi and thanks, happy you found what you where looking for.
      Wayne

  2. Well written article! Excellent job, keep up.

    1. Wayne says:

      Thanks, Glad you liked it and hope you got the tarter removed from your pets teeth as this is very important.
      Wayne

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