Chances are, your emotional support animal is one of the most positive influences in your life. Therefore, it is important that you take the time to keep your pet in good health. While most people have no problem remembering to walk and feed their emotional support animal, many neglect to tend to the dental care of their pet. Here is some information about the importance of dental hygiene for emotional support dogs and how you can maintain the dental hygiene of your beloved pet.
Importance of ESA Dental Hygiene
It is essential that your dog has strong, healthy teeth. Bad oral hygiene can lead to issues as minor as bad breath and as significant as infections and cardiac problems. Fortunately, there are many steps that you can take to keep your pet’s teeth clean. The healthier your pet is, the better they will be able to provide you with emotional support.
Tips for ESA Dental Hygiene
1. Start Early
If you get a puppy as an ESA dog, you should start good dental hygiene habits as soon as possible. Just like with children, if you start early with your dog, they will come to view dental hygiene as a normal part of their routine once they are older. You want your dog to view dental hygiene as normal as being walked or groomed. New experiences for an emotional support dog can be disruptive, which is another reason you should start instilling good habits earlier rather than later.
2. Buy Toothbrush and Toothpaste
The first thing you should do is buy the appropriate toothbrush and toothpaste for your emotional support animal. Believe it or not, there are toothbrushes and toothpaste made especially for dogs on the market. Go to any pet store in your local area and you should have no problem finding the products you need.
Before you use the toothpaste to brush your dog’s teeth, be sure the toothpaste is specially formulated for dogs. Do not use human toothpaste to brush your emotional support animal’s teeth. Human toothpaste contains fluoride, which makes human teeth stronger and healthier. On the other hand, fluoride is incredibly toxic for dogs. At your local pet store, you can find special toothbrushes that are double-sided. Such toothbrushes are more comfortable for dogs and easier to use.
3. Replace the Toothbrush Frequently
You should replace your dog’s toothbrush frequently. Over time, toothbrushes accumulate bacteria and decrease in terms of effectiveness. Make sure to invest money in the right tools that will make it easier to take care of the dental health of your dog. Consider speaking to your vet or to the employees at your local pet store to find the products best for the breed and age of your dog.
4. Brush Once a Day
Ideally, you should brush your ESA dog’s teeth at least once every day. If possible, try to brush your dog’s teeth after day after taking a walk. That way, it is more probable that your dog will be tired and less likely to run away or squirm. You want your dog to be as relaxed as possible when you brush their teeth. This will make life easier for everyone involved.
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