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A dog, like a human baby, experiences the world through his mouth, by tasting and chewing on things. But, he also uses his mouth is as his hands. He carries and pulls with it as well as defends himself. Therefore healthy teeth and gums are very important.
A dog's teeth need the same care as a human's. Therefore, it's important that you take care of his teeth as you would your own. The best way to do this, of course, is to brush them, which should be done at least twice a week. There are special tooth brushes designed to fit in a dog's mouth as well as special chicken flavored tooth paste to make the task easier. But sometimes, brushing your dog's teeth can be a real hassle. For instance, there are some dogs that will flee at the sight of a toothbrush and it is very had to coax a seventy pound Rottweiler from under the bed.
So, how can you get Bruno the Rottweiler to care for his teeth? Here are several alternatives to toothbrushing.
Dog food is a major cause of tooth decay. Believe it or not, canned dog food, though it tastes real good, is not good for Bruno's teeth. Therefore, you should not feed it to him all the time; once in awhile, as a treat, or on a special occasion is fine. Instead, Bruno should eat a good quality hard dry dog food. This will keep his teeth and gums exercised, as well as cleaned.
Of course, Bruno needs more than just dry dog food to keep his teeth white and his gums healthy. Chewing on things, such as sticks, the furniture and golf balls, though it is good exercise for his gums, is not very healthy, especially if he were to swallow the wrong thing. Or, in the case of the furniture, just chewing on it is not a good idea on his part. So, you can provide him with a bone, either rawhide or real, as a diversion. These come in various sizes to fit your dog. Bruno will want a larger one, while a smaller dog would necessarily need a smaller bone. Either way, he can exercise and clean his teeth without fear of choking.
Enzymatic Rawhide Chips
You can try some of the rawhide chips that are infused with enzymes designed to kill your dog's bad breath as well as remove tartar and plaque. However, the taste leaves something to be desired and Bruno may not like them, thus leaving them untouched. If he does not use them, they won't work.
Regular Visits to the Veterinarian
Of course, the veterinarian is the best person to keep Bruno's teeth in perfect health. As much as he will protest, regular visits insure good oral and physical health. Your dog's veterinarian will provide him the proper care that will keep him healthy and happy for years to come.
Arlene Mason is a freelance writer living outside of Dallas, Texas with her husband and two dogs. She has written and published the following e-books: "Understanding Low-Carb Dieting", "On the Edge" and "Stepping Stones" which are all available at http://www.double-dragon-ebooks.com
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