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Canine Dental Care and Chewing

To properly care for your pet’s teeth, you should be on a regular brushing schedule. But, many pet owners don’t have the time or the desire to perform this task. In this case, you should encourage your dog to chew in order keep its mouth healthy and fresh. Even if you do brush your dog’s teeth, chewing can help keep the teeth cleaner and stronger because the chewing action causes the object to be rubbed against the teeth.

 

Chewing on Bones
When most people think about giving their dog something to chew on, they think about bones. They do require a great deal of chewing and, therefore, can be quite helpful in keeping your dog’s mouth clean. You should, however, exercise caution when feeding bones to your dog. For starters, a dog that eats many bones, particularly cooked bones, can develop constipation. This is especially true with older dogs. Bones can also splinter or be swallowed hole, which can cause a hole to be punched in the intestine or cause a piece of bone to be lodged in the teeth. Old dry bones are particularly prone to fracturing. In addition, spoiled bones can cause food poisoning in your pet.

 

Chewing Rawhide Chews
An alternative to bones is rawhide chews. You need to be careful, however, to select a chew that is tough and requires a great deal of chewing. A chew that can be consumed quickly does little good for the teeth and only adds calories to your dog’s diet. Because chews are so fattening, they should be avoided or used in moderation with overweight dogs.

Chewing Dog Biscuits

Some pet owners choose to have their dogs chew on dog biscuits. It is important, however, to make sure the dog biscuit is large because a large biscuit forces the dog to chew on both sides of its mouth. Small biscuits do not help keep the teeth clean and, like rawhide chews, can be fattening. If you are going to feed your dog biscuits, you need to adjust the amount of food you feed it in order to compensate for the extra calories.

Chewing on Toys

The best way to encourage chewing is toys. Chew toys are safe, calorie free, and long lasting. In fact, toys such as Kong Dental are specifically created to help keep teeth clean. Toothpaste such as Dentipet Toothpaste can also be added to the toy to increase the cleansing action of chewing the toy. That way, your dog has fun while keeping his mouth healthy!

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