How To Clean Your Dog’s Teeth

How To Clean Your Dog's Teeth

As responsible pet owners we all try to keep our furry friends in the best condition possible. We regularly groom them and keep on top of any issues we feel they may have. We walk them and give them the best diet we can. The slightest suspicion there is something wrong and we run to the vets. One thing that is often overlooked, is oral dental care. If this is not looked after from an early age then this could result in conditions resulting in discomfort and pain. I have therefore written a Post on how to clean your Dog’s teeth and how to prevent disease.

How To Clean Your Dog's Teeth

What Should You be looking For?

Dogs are just like us humans and need to have their teeth checked regularly throughout their life. They cannot clean their teeth themselves so it is up to us to look after them. They are just like us so if they get an infection this can cause agony. If they have not been checked for a prolonged period then this can cause severe dental problems.

A healthy Dog should have clean teeth that are free from plaque and tartar. The tartar is crust-like and yellow and brown. They should also be intact and unbroken. Obviously accidents do happen, for instance a rogue stone or stick can crack a tooth. If this happens then a trip to the vet’s is inevitable. Better to give then dental chews instead of throwing them sticks to chew on.

Their tongue should be moist and not be rough to the feel. Any lumps or cuts can be the cause of infection. In must cases their gums should be salmon pink. However, there are certain breeds that have black and pink or just black gums. You may want to check up on your breed.

How To Clean Your Dog's Teeth

Common Dental Problems

If you do notice any changes in your Dog’s mouth then there is a good chance they will need treating. Common signs such as chewing only on one side of the mouth or your loved one seemingly in pain whilst chewing should all be checked out. The best way is to talk to your vet. Here are the most common issues your Dog may develop:-

  • Toothache – Dogs are just like us and can develop toothache. This can be very difficult to spot but extremely uncomfortable for them. Watch how they eat and if you suspect they are avoiding chewing on one side of their mouth check it out. Bacteria from dental disease can ultimately effect their heart, liver and kidneys.
  • Proliferating Gum Disease – This is more common in Bull Terriers and Boxers. This occurs when the gum line grows over their teeth which can lead to more chance of infection. This would need treating with antibiotics.
  • Bad Breath – This can be one of the first things you notice if your best friend has poor dental health.
  • Cysts, Tumours and Ulcers – If there is a build up of plaque then this can lead to ulcers. On a more sinister note any lumps and bumps should be checked straight away to rule out the more serious cysts or tumours.
  • Gingivitis – This is inflammation of the gums where there is a build up of plaque. It leads to redness of the gums but is completely reversible with regular brushing. It is often believed to be the early stages of Periodontal Disease.
  • Periodontal Disease – This is an irreversible condition caused by food and bacteria collecting along the gum line and causing plaque. It causes inflammation, swelling, loose teeth, pain and difficulty eating. Look for yellow and brown teeth and red or swollen gums. If your Dog shows any of these symptoms take him to the vet as soon as possible.

How To Clean Your Dog's Teeth

How To Clean Your Dog’s Teeth

Here are the most important things you should consider when keeping you Dog’s teeth and gums healthy:-

  • Brush Their Teeth Regularly – Ideally this should be done every day but if that is too much aim for 3-4 times a week. If brushing is new to you and your best furry friend then you will need to take care to begin with. You Dog will need to be comfortable with you touching his mouth with a toothbrush and toothpaste. You can start by rubbing your finger along his gums until he gets used to this. Once you introduce the brush, ensure he smells it and is happy with you. Start by very gently rubbing his gums and teeth. Once you have done a bit at the front you can work to the rear of his mouth. Depending on his nervousness this can take a few days to master. There is no rush so baby steps will ultimately end with success. REMEMBER, make sure you buy specific Dog toothpaste. Human toothpaste will make him extremely sick.
  • Check Their Teeth Regularly – Just because you are cleaning them regularly you must also be giving them a good inspection. Remember, they can’t tell you if they have chipped a tooth or they are in pain.
  • Go To The Vet For Regular Checkups – You may be happy checking out your loved one’s molars but whenever you see the vet ask him to give his opinion. You may have missed something and a quick once over from the vet will put you at ease. Also, your insurance company may require you to have them checked at specific intervals.
  • Give Them Plenty Of Things To Chew On – Our Hudson and Nelly have more toys in the house than they know what to do with. They have various kinds, some hard and some soft. They are great for their teeth. It also gives them something to play with instead of chewing on your best furniture.
  • Buy Them Products And Treats That Are Good For Their Teeth – There are a myriads of different products out there that are suitable for your Dog. They are all designed to maintain dental health.

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Conclusion

By ensuring the above checks are carried out, you will hopefully avoid any nasty oral conditions. By keeping your Dog’s teeth, gums and tongue clean, this will not only keep him happy but will give you peace of mind in relation to your Dog’s oral health. It could also save you a lot of heartache and money in the long term.

Any words of wisdom or experiences shared would be greatly appreciated.

All the best

David

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What Is The Best Dog Shampoo?

What Is The Best Dog Shampoo

If you are a Dog owner, then you will know that your loved one needs to be looked after just like we do. To give them the best care it is worth investing in a good quality shampoo. We all know it can get messy bathing or showering a Dog but it really is something they need. They need help to say fresh and clean and keep away any unpleasant smells. Looking after their coats also prevents skin infections and other health issues.

What Is The Best Dog Shampoo
Hudson And Nelly At Bath Time

What Does The Shampoo Do?

Frequently bathing your Dog will help to eliminate parasites, bacteria and other infectious diseases. If your Dog picks up a fungal or bacterial infection, a vet recommended shampoo can prevent the use of antibiotics and other medications. If your Dog has allergies, then shampoo will reduce itching and give him a far better quality of life. On the flip side, if he has an aversion to water, then you can use a dry shampoo.

An important thing to remember is that your Dog’s skin is very different to ours. It is all down to the fact that Dogs have a different pH balance than us humans. Our skin tends to be more acidic and a Dog’s more alkaline. Therefore our shampoos are designed for us and Dog’s for them.

Dog shampoos are milder than ours and are designed to cleanse gently. They are made to lather easily, retain moisture and to prevent dryness and dandruff.

What You Should Consider Before You Buy?

  • Odour – If your Dog spends a lot of time outside there is a good chance he could pick up an unpleasant smell. It is not just dirt from the countryside, if you have a city Dog, there are lots of unpleasant smells associated with traffic and pollution. Even if your Dog spends most of his time indoors you may well notice a doggy smell in the house. With any odours it is worth looking into a deodorizing shampoo.
  • Type of Skin /Coat – Do you know how your Dog’s skin is or what type of coat he has? You need to determine exactly the type he has. If you are unsure you can ask your vet and they will point you in the direction of a recommended shampoo. If your Dog has sensitive skin and a smooth coat then he will need a mild formula. Popular choices have ingredients such as oatmeal, aloe vera or rosewater. If he has a furry coat then you may need a shampoo with conditioner to make it more manageable.
  • There are shampoos designed to reduce shedding, for itchy skin, hypoallergenic and prone to allergies. Hypoallergenic shampoos will help soothe and nourish their skin. If your Dog has normal skin then a general purpose shampoo will suffice.
    • Fleas and Ticks – There is a huge choice of shampoo’s all designed to combat Fleas and Ticks. You may find that your Dog does not like some brands so it is often a good thing to swap and change until you find one he is comfortable with. Sometimes it takes more than a good shampoo to combat this so you should take your loved one to the vet for alternative treatment if need be.
    • Age – Please ensure that if you have a puppy you use a product designed for them. A normal shampoo my harm them, especially causing irritation to the skin and eyes.

    How to Choose

    When you are buying a product you deem fit for your loved one you must read the labels to make sure you are getting the best for your pooch.

    If you can, you should always go for natural options like oil essences, vitamins and herbal products. These are more likely to be healthier for the skin and coat of your Dog. The less manufactured chemicals the better.

    Organic products are excellent as they contain no artificial chemicals or additives. If you need to wash your Dog more often, then an Organic Shampoo will be much better for the welfare of your Dog.

    It has been said the baby shampoo is suitable for Dogs, however, even though they are mild, they are still designed for humans.

    How Often Should You Bath Your Dog?

    This really all depends on the breed, age, health and how active your Dog is. Even though an indoors Dog will need bathing regularly, one that is outside most of the time is likely to need bathing more often. If you notice odours, dirt, grit or grease on their coat then they will need a bath. Also, if your Dog is suffering from skin or coat conditions, then they may need more frequent bathing. Best bet is to ask your Vet.

    We plan our Dog baths around our activities. We live in a town so don’t get to the beach or countryside very often. When we do get a chance to go to the beach it’s bath time the same day as they get filthy. The last thing you should be doing is bathing them and then the next day having to bathe them again as they are filthy.

    Conclusion

    As you can see there are lots of things to take into account when buying a shampoo for your loved one. It really doesn’t take much time to research which is the best shampoo for your Dog. As always if you are uncertain a quick phone call to the vet will help.

    Below I have added five shampoos that I believe are great quality and good for different reasons.

     

    All the Best

    David

 

Julius – K9 Dog Harness Review

Hudson in K9 Julius Harness

Julius K9 Dog Harnesses are very sturdy and extremely attractive harnesses that come in all sorts of shapes and sizes to fit every breed of dog. They are normally known for their use on medium to large dogs but they are also available for small breeds and even puppy sizes are available.

Julius also produce harnesses with security locks, seat belt adapters, pressure distribution pads and harnesses with front control.

Product: Julius – K9 16IDC P3 + IDC PowerHarness with Security Lock for Dogs, Size 3, Black

Price: £35.88

Cheapest Place to Buy: Amazon.co.uk

 Price $52.99 on Amazon.com

 

Dimensions: 45 x 24 x 4 cm

 

Special Features: Adjustable, Easy to clean, Durable, Easy to use, Reflective

 

My rating: 9.5 out of 10

Julius – K9 161DC P3 + IDC PowerHarness Overview

Julius – K9 harnesses are great for all breeds at home and also for working dogs. They are used by many Police Forces around the world. With an interchangeable hook system and adjustable chest strap they are sure to fit any breed.

This harness has the added side rings, this had the advantage of securing your dog with a seat belt adaptor

Main Features:

  • Phosphorescent, Interchangeable patches: Hook and loop patches with the Julius – K9 Logo.
  • Water Repellent Cover: Due to it being highly durable, comfortable, secure and water resistant, these harnesses are the choice for security agencies, professional trainers and pet owners alike.
  • Side Bag Attachment Option: 3 and 4 Litre versions are available for the PowerHarness in sizes 0 to 4. A smaller IDC version is also available. With a 250 cm cubed capacity it is ideal for treats, documents and your mobile.
  • Flashlight Holder: Great for search and rescue teams and other security agencies, a high quality flashlight holder has been produced. This can be used for various different sizes of flashlight, and can be used simultaneously with the side bags.
  • Closable Handle: An excellent feature for working and rescue dogs. The new handle fixing option means you can fix only the steel ring, the handle, both of them or neither. This will minimise the chance of your dog getting stuck. Great in dense woodland.
  • Heavy-Duty Buckles: Thoroughly checked and tested in harsh conditions so you have full confidence in the quality of the product.
  • Breathable, Skin Friendly Inner Lining: Manufactured to the highest of International Standards, the OEKO-TEX lining will be comfortable and safe your dog.
  • Reflective Edges and Chest Strap: The reflective materials used are one of the most important functions of the harness. It is imperative that you can see your dog from a distance, if and when you are walking in the dark.

What’s in the Box? 

  • The Harness
  • Product Booklet
  • User manual
  • Product label

Conclusion

The Julius K-9 range of harnesses is a great product that will give your peace of mind whilst out with your loved one. They have a massive choice to choose from. Therefore, think about your walking environment, the size of your dog, and make your choice. Oh, and not forgetting, a great range of colours too.

My Hudson and Nelly both wear these. Just goes to show they suit any dog.

Hudson in K9 Julius
Hudson wearing his K9 Julius Harness
Nelly in her K9 Harness
Nelly in her Julius K9 Harness

 

 

 

 

 

If you have any comments or feedback please feel free to drop me a line.

David