We'll clarify, once and for all, how clean dog teeth can be achieved by brushing, chewing and other safe dog tooth cleaning methods. Also...
We'll get into the nitty gritty of dog dental care (home examinations, finding the right dentist, anesthesia and more).
Seems most dog teeth health topics are confusing because of all the conflicting opinions (same as dog food)!
Maybe your Pooch's pearly whites aren't perfect! You just want to see how other dogs "brush" their teeth...
My goal is preventing your dog from getting her teeth cleaned by your veterinarian.
Maybe your furry friend has other dog teeth problems that need an experienced vet examination.
Otherwise...This page is about normal daily dog teeth cleaning maintenance!
I've tried just about everything I could think of for (easily) maintaining good dog teeth health. The following dog tooth care routine is effective.
It's easy, safe and healthy. However, I'll be the first to admit my doggie and I do have our days!
This is a very important point:
Processed food has a tendency to stick to your dog's teeth. This is a haven for bacteria which leads to bad dog teeth health. Just be sure to scrub 'em good and your pooch should be fine.
Some of you feel more comfortable feeding pre-made dog food. Please check out this article my doggie and I wrote about healthy organic dog food brands!
It works for us! Some say it's a waste of time. I don't agree. I know wild dogs don't brush their teeth...
But wild dogs aren't domesticated! So...
When I give my doggy extra snacks... such as Nimble's home made birthday cake... I'll brush extra. It's the healthiest of all dog birthday cake recipes. But, easy home made dog treats like these and others like yogurt also stick to your dog's teeth.
I don't know why Nimble isn't showing off her clean dog teeth... smile Nimble!...
I've tried finger pads and wash cloths for dog tooth cleaning. They work, but the kiddie toothbrushes are easiest for me to use. You might like the other dog tooth cleaning methods better. My first doggie didn't really care what I used.
I use organic, unrefined, unprocessed coconut oil. Just put a little in a small jar for daily use and leave the rest in a cool, dark place. This is the best stuff in the world for cleaning dog teeth! It's Anti-bacterial and anti-fungal.
My dog loves the taste... and it's healthy!
“I look forward to having this done twice a day and I love the taste... arf!” Nimble Doggy. If its not runny then too much gets used up and its harder to apply to those pearly whites!
One final word about applying coconut oil for superb clean dog teeth...
It breaks down bacteria-rich build up on your dogs teeth. Then, while brushing, this gunk is removed! You simply can't beat brushing your dog's teeth and applying tooth oil!
I'm sure many of you have your own method of cleaning dog teeth that works well. Great! Please share them with us. Hopefully, you'll save others time, headaches and money.
We're learning about dog teeth cleaning all the time!
This page is focused on a simple home routine. There's so many other areas of dog tooth care that can and should be covered in greater detail. However...
Just focusing on brushing your dogs teeth is also important for your furry pal. This, in turn, helps your canine enjoy all those wonderful dog foods mother nature provided for her!
Ok, you've decided to take your dog to the dentist. Maybe you already have. Either way... you want to brush up on good dog dental care and other inside dope.
Great! We'll do our best to make you feel good about any dog dental health decisions you make for your faithful friend.
“How do I find reliable dog dental care I can trust? What about my dog's current dentist?
Hey, don't be afraid to ask questions! I interviewed quite a few veterinarians before we found “the one.” There's some great dentists for your dog. Also, some I'll never use again... they shouldn't be allowed to provide dog dental care for our faithful pals.
Here's a picture of "the ones" Nimble and I trust. We did a lot of look'in to find Nimble's doctors...
Here's the questions we asked. Anesthesia related questions are further down this page...
Will the practice refer you to a dog tooth care specialist if your dog needs a heightened level of care? Referring to a dog tooth health specialist shows that the practice has your canine's health in their best interest.
A person who specializes in dog dental health does nothing but dog dental work, so naturally experience is a big plus. Highly trained technicians and state of the art dog tooth care equipment is also used.
We're not saying you must take your dog to a specialist... just be aware of your options.
Nimble and I recommend reading the book titled Vet Confidential by Louise Murray. It explains the ins and outs of veterinary practices. Also, how to avoid substandard dog teeth health care for your dog is clearly illustrated.
Are you feeding your dog raw food (or other healthy chow) correctly? How about following Nimble's (or another) healthy clean dog teeth maintenance program? When you check your dog's teeth and gums do they pass inspection?
If you asked us these questions our answers would be yes. I don't
take Nimble in for periodical dog dental care exams. Her teeth are examined professionally during her yearly physical.
Please do whatever you and your canine feel comfortable with. I know what to look for and I check Nimble's clean dog teeth daily (bragger...weekly is fine). That's not to say there isn't something going on I'm not aware of (ie, dog tooth decay, etc.). Also, a veterinarian is much more experienced.
If you take your dog in for a physical every 6 months to a year, make sure your vet thoroughly inspects your dog's teeth health.
Because Nimble and your dog(s) aren't living in their wild environment, good dog dental hygiene is needed. Many of our dogs are eating processed unhealthy dog food...
check out Nimble's home made dog treats menu. They're processed, but also safe and
healthy. Please make sure to
clean your dog's teeth after eating these doggie treasures.
Try feeding your pooch strawberries and other fruits... fruit and veggie enzymes really help clean those teeth! You'll enjoy these pages (loaded with photos!) about doggy veggies and feeding fruit along with vegetables.
Also, safe dog chews aren't on our wild canines' menus. Furthermore, our dogs weren't taught how to chew dog bones. However, I'm sure some wild dogs still have issues such as a dog broken tooth, etc...
Here's some things to look for...
If Nimble displayed any of the following symptoms, I would take notice...
There may be other ways your dog might display discomfort caused by dog teeth problems.
You just took your dog in for her yearly exam or dog teeth cleaning. Unfortunately, you found out that your furry companion has other dog teeth issues. What do you do now?
Nimble waiting for her check-up... perfect results again!...
Before you proceed, decide if you are comfortable with your dog's prognosis. If you feel that a second opinion is needed, get one. I did this with Gidget, my first dog.
Here's a good example (this isn't the only!). Gidget was diagnosed with kidney disease. After researching and getting another opinion (from a holistic vet this time), her kidneys were fine. The reason?...
Dogs (mine) that eat barf dog food (raw meaty bones) have blood test results indicative of kidney disease. These results are due to a raw meat dog food diet and are perfectly normal!
If you decide to proceed with your dog's dental work, anesthesia might be required. I'd ask these questions first...
Proper care for your dog during veterinary procedures might cost more. Nimble gets excellant care from her doggy doctor. If you want healthy, clean dog teeth, you get what you pay for!
Our plan is helping you maintain the best possible dog dental hygiene for your #1 companion. You might not agree with everything we say and do. Maybe you want to add a twist to Nimble's “How to Clean dog Teeth” routine including dentist veterinary protocols. That's fine...
As long as your dog receives the best dog dental health care. Keep
it fun. Stay out of the doctor's office as much as possible... spend
that time together instead.
Our dog feeding schedule page will give you some good ideas... just tap here.
“Don't sweat the small stuff... arf!” Nimble.
Click here to check out Nimble's cleaning dog teeth page... it was her idea! She wanted to improve on our dog teeth cleaning procedure at the top of this page. Nimble wanted more details with tons of photos (of her of course)!
Our website is a work in progress! We'd love it (and so would your dog) if you returned regularly to check out all our new articles. We can't wait to expand on the topics above!
include our highly recommended products for you and your dog to
choose from... only those we have used or would use ourselves. Also...
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