4 Natural Ways To Keep Your Dog’s Teeth Clean
Brushing a dog’s teeth can be a challenge unless he is one of the few “cooperative angels” who are not afraid to have their mouths touched. Some people also avoid having their dog’s teeth cleaned, which involves anesthesia and can be costly. So are there other ways to keep your dog’s teeth clean naturally and easily? Yes! There are many excellent, effective and all-natural ways to keep your dog’s teeth clean and gums healthy. In this article, I will discuss four of them.
Some of my patients with advanced heart problems who needed their tartar removed could not undergo anesthesia. As a solution, I suggested Prozyme, an inexpensive digestive enzyme available in pet stores that effectively digests all tartar from the teeth. I would ask the owner to put the enzyme in the upper right quadrant of the dog’s mouth once a day for a week, then in the upper left quadrant for a week, and so on. Prozyme is very effective in treating and cleaning tartar.
Many dog toothpaste also contains enzymes that kill bacteria and help remove tartar. Companies such as Zymox and Virbac manufacture enzyme toothpaste for dogs. This may not be an option if your dog refuses to have his teeth brushed, but if you can and he doesn’t mind, I recommend a product that also removes and digests tartar.
- Herbal extracts and essential oils.
Grape seed extract, grapefruit seed extract, thyme oil, neem oil and peppermint oil combined in a safe VetzLife preparation work very effectively to both dissolve and prevent tartar and heal gums. The product is available in both spray and gel form and is very easy to apply, which is a great advantage.
Leba III, on the other hand, contains rose and peppermint extracts. This is another very effective product for dissolving tartar and promoting dental health. This product is also available in an easy-to-use spray form.
If your dog’s teeth accumulate tartar like on their own, a homeopathic remedy called Fragaria can solve the problem. Buy it from a homeopathic pharmacy under the name Fragaria 6x, and administer one or two pellets twice a day for a month. Since homeopathy is an energetic medicine, one or two granules — which melt in the mouth and do not mix with food — are suitable for all dogs, regardless of size.
- RAW BONES
Raw bones not only taste and feel good when chewed, but gnawing on them stimulates the gums, exercises the jaw and, yes, removes tartar from the teeth. A good raw bone will provide hours of pleasure for your dog and contribute to his dental health. It is a sort of toothbrush substitute and is certainly preferable to dental surgery for your dog.