I’m a big believer in washing your dog.
But is it the right way?
Here’s my top five tips to avoid tooth decay, and what you can do to prevent it.1.
Use a mouthwash for your dog and don’t worry about the rinse.
The only reason a dog would want to drink water is to wash their teeth, and they do so anyway, so the rinse is pointless.2.
Clean the outside of your dog before you take a bath.
The outside of the mouth will always look shiny, and it’s easy to forget that it’s there.
If you’ve got an older dog, you can still get the wash to come off, but it’s best to get it on the outside and start working on the inside.3.
Cleaning the outside doesn’t need to be painful.
There’s nothing to see in the shower, and the rinse will probably leave you feeling better than it was before.4.
If your dog is allergic to anything, use a rinse with the highest strength.
If it’s not a problem for your vet, then use a water-based rinse.5.
Wash your dog in the bathtub.
The water-soluble rinse will wash away the plaque, and while it’s easier to scrub off the plaque than it is to take a shower, the results will be worth it.