I’ll do just about anything to insure the health of my dog. (If you have any doubts, just click here for documented proof.) I’m religious about heartworm pills, flea and tick treatment, vaccinations, and so on. In fact, I enjoy our yearly Vet appointment even if Pritchard doesn’t.
But recently I stumbled upon some pet advice that even I don’t follow. According to the L.A. Times, dog owners should brush their pet’s teeth every other day. Here’s what a Vet had to say to the newspaper.
Veterinary dentists recommend brushing pets’ teeth every other day for optimal dental health. Pet toothbrushes come in different sizes, depending on the size of the mouth…It is imperative that you use veterinary toothpaste since pets will swallow the toothpaste, and regular paste for people can cause severe stomach upset. Besides, they make salmon, beef, chicken and malt flavor, which could actually help to make teeth brushing a more pleasant experience for everyone.
In doing my research I also found the above video of a pug owner taking care of her dog’s chompers. I’m not sure what is more unsettling the dog standing in front of the sink or the pajamas it’s wearing.
More fruitful research revealed that brushing your dog’s teeth may not only help with oral health but overall health, too. (Seems some dental infections can travel to the internal organs, possibly causing death.) And the above tooth brushing advice is fairly common.
So I’m left wondering, am I one of the few gun dog owners not brushing their pup’s teeth? My informal surveys suggest that I’m not alone. (Of the three gun-dog owners I asked none had ever cleaned their canine’s canines.)
How about you? Ever brush your dog’s chompers? Ever plan to?