Ohhhh that doggy breath, and those yellow teeth! Does this sound familiar to you? Unfortunately, this is the one part of doggy hygiene far too many owners tend to ignore. The good news – unlike humans, dogs don't have to worry about cavities if their teeth aren't kept clean. But at the same time, they are subject to gum disease that can lead to the loss of their teeth and significant pain.
You can, of course, pay to have your dog's teeth cleaned by his vet, but this tends to be expensive. With a little practice, you can brush your pup's teeth every day just like you do your own.
There are some dogs who will run off and hide at the first sign of a toothbrush and toothpaste, while others will sit and let you do the work. Bear in mind that your dog couldn't care less what his breath smells like or if he has Hollywood style bright white teeth. What your pup doesn't know is that failure to take care of his teeth can lead to a variety of oral and overall health issues.
If you have any questions at all about the condition of your dog's teeth or how to take care of them, be sure to talk to his vet. He can give your pup a complete dental exam, clean his teeth, and show you how to brush his teeth at home. It might take a little time and practice to master brushing your pup's teeth, it will be time well spent.