Why dental supplies?
Each supply listed here is here for a specific reason and in regard which one has the most direct impact on a dog's quality of life, at home dental cleaning supplies is certainly at the top of the list.
Far too many dogs suffer the terrible consequences of what happens if oral hygiene is ignored by owners. Yet, when you have just a few of the right items, it takes very little time to take care of this.
What can happen:
All around the clock, plaque is being produced. It is a very stick substance that clings to teeth. Within just 3 days it starts to harden into tartar. At that point, it is much more difficult to remove.
The plaque and tartar eats away at the enamel of the teeth, clawing its way below the gum line, and causing teeth to rot. This can lead to quite painful dental infections and will eventually cause a dog's teeth to loosen and then fall out.
What to do:
Chewing on toys helps to some degree; however, this by no means removes all of the plaque.
You will want your Pug's vet to perform a yearly dental exam to check for any issues and to do a professional cleaning, if needed.
At home, you can do your part by:
- Brushing your Pug's teeth once per day with a quality toothbrush and an effective paste.
Since dogs swallow the paste, be sure to never use human products, and instead opt for a canine brand that has a flavor dogs love like chicken or vanilla.
Please note that these do NOT have a foaming agent (since it can cause dogs to choke).
- Offer a daily dental treat.
The #1 dental treat, and endorsed by the Veterinary Oral Health Council, is Greenies. These are really fantastic tools to help your Pug's teeth stay clean and strong.
Be sure to choose the variety that is right for your particular Pug. The 'Teenies' are for dogs 5 to 15 pounds. The 'Petites' are for dogs 15 to 25 pounds.