Dog Grooming tips for Dogs and Puppies
Keeping Your Dog's Teeth Clean
In the wild dogs would munch on bones, chew vegetation, and crunch on cartilage and sinew. All of that has a cleansing effect on their teeth. Raw meat is more of a challenge to chew than meat from a can. In the modern world dogs don't get the teeth cleaning opportunities they used to, so it's important that we, their two legged buddies, help them out. Read the rest of the article below.
If your dog only gets a diet of soft canned food, supplement it with crunchy treats that help remove tarter. Rawhide bones are a chewing opportunity but avoid the kind that unravel easily when they get wet. They can choke a dog. Real beef bones may not be a good choice. If you do provide beef bones they won't splinter if the bones are raw rather than cooked.
Raw fruits and vegetables such as carrots, celery, and apples can help keep your dog's teeth clean and they're good for your dog as well.
Even with all the munchies and crunchies you provide you still may have to brush your dog's teeth. Use a toothbrush and toothpaste especially made for dogs. Dogs swallow the toothpaste so don't use one made for humans. Gently brush the outside of the teeth with an upward motion, don�t scrub back and forth. Brush your dog's teeth several times a week and you'll avoid tarter buildup and potential tooth problems.