Taking Care of Your Dog’s Teeth

by admin on March 2, 2012

Taking care of your staffys teeth is important. Your staffordshire bull terrier or any dog for that matter  has become a special part of your family. He or she provides companionship and devotion to you without asking for much in return. You’ll want your staffy to stay around for as long as possible, so keeping them healthy is important.

The one thing most people forget about in taking care of their dogs is that their teeth also need to be taken care of.  We know that wild dogs keep their teeth free from plaque because they chew on raw bones, which are a natural scraper of the plaque that also helps to remove any soft meat that may get stuck in their teeth that would normally cause bacteria to grow rapidly.

You need to remember that your dog isn’t like a wild animal – they need your help from the bacteria that causes bad breath and other problems.

Your dog generally eats soft canned food or small chunks of the hard food, so these aren’t going to provide  much for natural teeth care. Bonios are great and yet are not the be all and end all.

Chewing on something else though would be a huge advantage. Maybe a rawhide or  some of the other bones that pet shops sell.
Flo our staff loves this. They smell the house out ! Mind you she is very content with them. They’ll instinctively chew on the bone and the plaque can easily be scraped off.

If the bone isn’t working, or if they just aren’t interested in chewing on bones, then you should take mouth care into your own hands and brush them with toothpaste.  Just in case you where not aware there is special toothpaste for dogs.

Don’t feel embarreed. I didn’t realise this and I have a degree in biology.You can find special brushes and toothpaste for your dog at the local pet store. Or at your vets.

It can be quite a hoot at first so I would recommend startiing from when they are a pup. That way they are more than happy for you to play with their moth and let you open and close it. Good idea for staffys as we all know how they like to pick things up.
Brushing them daily is preferred, but if it’s not feasible, then brush them at least 3-4 times weekly. Scrub the teeth well and massage the gums also to provide for good circulation within there gums. Get rid of any food that gets stuck in his teeth.  The hard, dry food is always better than soft food when it comes to cleaning teeth.

Have the vet inspect there mouth and teeth every time you take your dog in for a checkup. They can spot anything that you may have missed and they can offer advice on how to clean the teeth better or what foods you could give to your dog to naturally help clean the teeth and keep bacteria at bay.

It’s better to treat the teeth before things get out of hand and get more expensive for your pocketbook.  Keep your dog around for your family for as long as you possibly can by keeping him healthy and keeping his teeth healthy, too.

Hope this article has been of use,

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Best Wishes

Denise

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