Clean Your Beagle’s Teeth and Fight Bad Breath
Every night before you go to bed and every morning after you wake up, you brush your teeth – at least that’s what you tell your dentist. So why would your Beagle’s teeth be much different. Even though your dog is just… well a dog… he still needs the proper care to stay healthy and cavity free.
Dental work for dogs is not cheap. Since it’s very unlikely that your beloved Beagle will hold his mouth open for the dentist while he works on his teeth, the dog will have to be put under anesthesia for the operation. Not only will that add to the bill, but it can also have negative effects on his health. So it’s a very good idea to take care of the Beagle’s teeth to avoid trips to a doggy dentist all together.
Of course you don’t have to clean your dog’s teeth twice daily, but doing it once a week (or at least every other week) will help reduce plaque buildup. Now before you go running for your toothpaste to brush your Beagles teeth, hold on. There are other more appropriate ways to take care of your dog’s teeth.
Beagle Dental Care
There is more than one way to tackle this problem. Here are a couple of things that you can do to improve your dog’s oral hygiene:
Certain chew treats are designed to remove plaque, clean teeth and fresh the Beagle’s breath. Although it’s hard to say how effective these are since dogs chew things in odd ways, it seems to be a good starting point. Just make sure that you follow the instructions on the packages. You don’t want to give too many of these treats in one day.
This is probably the most effective way, but also the most difficult. Most pet stores carry special dog toothbrushes that you can use to brush his teeth with. Of course you can’t use human toothpaste. Instead you will have to use toothpaste with a special formula that has been designed for your dog.
The problem is actually not that your Beagle won’t let you put the toothbrush in his mouth. The real problem is the fact that he will be trying to lick the paste off the brush while you try brush his teeth. It will take some practice until you get the hang of things. You will also want to have someone to help you hold the dog while you do this to make it a little easier.
Tongue Scrapers for Dogs
This product is actually fairly recent. I haven’t actually personally tried it myself, but from what I understand its only purpose is to fight bad breath.
It’s similar to the tongue scrapers that we use. The only difference is that you put special paste on it that the dog enjoys and starts licking. So you won’t even have to do any brushing. You will just hold the scraper while the dog starts licking it and cleaning his tongue in the process on his own.
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