Animals are very important to me. Especially dogs, and especially my sweet (probably) maltipoo, Howie. Nothing beats seeing his happy smile. So imagine my surprise when, after years of taking Howie to the vet for his annual visits and hearing, “he should probably get his teeth cleaned at some point,” our new vet informed us that Howie had tooth and gum decay so bad that he needed many of his teeth pulled. Why had none of our previous veterinarians indicated the urgency of getting his teeth cleaned? How had it gotten to this point?
Unfortunately many dog owners just don’t realize the importance of dental health in dogs, and they are never informed of the best ways to keep their dogs’ teeth clean and strong. Vet cleanings can be expensive and time consuming, which deters many people from having their dogs’ teeth cleaned professionally.
While annual professional cleaning is still recommended, one thing you can do to help keep your dog’s teeth in good shape – especially if you skip professional cleaning from time to time – is to brush your dog’s teeth at home, much like you would your own!
Granted, it can be a bit of a challenge to get your dog to buy in to having you shove your finger or a doggy toothbrush in his mouth, but an effective, tastebud-friendly cleaning product can certainly help!
Enter Petsmile Professional Pet Toothpaste. Petsmile gently cleans your dog’s teeth and zaps plaque without harsh ingredients that will irritate sensitive teeth. It apparently has a sweet beefy flavor – I can’t say I tested it out myself, but Howie sure seemed to enjoy it! And instead of just cleaning like many doggy toothpastes, Petsmile has the added benefit of truly freshening your dog’s breath and whitening his teeth so he’s Instagram-ready.
A photo posted by Mallory (@darthmallory) on Aug 26, 2015 at 5:21pm PDT
The Daily Quirk received samples courtesy of Petsmile for review purposes.