Dental Care is an important aspect of your Bulldog’s complete health care.
While most Bulldogs never have dental problems one of the most common ailments treated by veterinarians is periodontal or gum disease. By two or three years of age, many dogs start to show signs of oral disease. By implementing a home dental care routine for your Bulldog puppy you can assure that your Bulldog’s mouth stays healthy, clean and pain free.
You want to start by routinely inspecting your Bulldog’s mouth. A healthy mouth will not smell offensive. The teeth will be clean and will not have any yellow or brown spots. The gums will be a healthy pink color and will hug brushing dogs teeththe teeth. If you notice persistent bad breath, brownish deposits around the gum line, especially on back teeth, red swollen gums, loose teeth, painful looking and or bleeding gums, these are all indicators of oral disease. Although bad breath or “doggy breath” is the most obviouse sign of a problem, many pet owners fail to recognize it as an indicator of dental problems until it is a real big problem. If you notice any of these signs, call your vet to schedule a dental exam. Regular cleanings by your vet followed up by a home dental care program can help keep your Bulldog’s mouth healthy and disease free.
Good preventative care at home includes regularly brushing your Bulldog’s teeth with a good pet toothbrush and dog toothpast (human toothpastes can be toxic), and encouraging chewing on dental chew bones and chew toys.
If you have a new mini Bulldog puppy, introducing a tooth brushing routine will probably be much easier then if you have an adult Bulldog. In either case start slow, keep the sessions short, and be very gentle while working in your Bulldog’s mouth. Use lots of praise and reassurance to reinforce good behavior. You will not want to give your mini Bulldog treats during this task for obvious reasons.
Traditional chew toys are still available and are just as popular as ever. But there are also a variety of very good dental chew toys, rope bone chew toys and edible dog chews designed to keep your Bulldog engaged, with the added benefit of cleaning the teeth. These toys will entice your Bulldog into playfully attending to the required dental hygiene. They can also keep your Bulldog entertained and out of mischief during those times when you must leave your Bulldog alone. Just remeber not all toys, chews and ropes are safe for a bulldog! Make sure to only buy safe toys that your mini bulldog can not choke on!
Rope Bone Chew Toys for Bulldogs: You can also try a dental rope chew toy for great flossing action. As your Bulldog happily chews on these toys the rope fibers clean between the teeth. Spray on some dog dental care spray or rub on a little flavored pet toothpaste to really enhance the cleaning action of this enticing dental chew toy. Check out a pet dental care spray and rope chew toy kit and get your Bulldog dental care routine going. Again just make sure you get a larger size rope that does not have parts your bulldog can swallow.
Dental Chew Toys: For long lasting chewing fun, and a great dental workout, get your Bulldog a dental chew toy. Some brands are manufactured with grooves that make these dental toys real winners for cleaning your dog’s teeth. Some dental chew toys can also be stuffed with your Bulldog’s favorite treats for hours of stimulating chewing.
Choose whichever safe dental dog toy or chew treat that will keep your Bulldog happily chewing his or her way to clean and healthy teeth and gums.
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