I Admit I Don’t Brush My Dog’s Teeth
Yup, you read that right – I. Do. Not. Brush. My. Dog’s. Teeth.
I’ve received a lot of flack for this statement.
That means there are a whole lot of people out there also not brushing their dog’s teeth.
UPDATED: SEPTEMBER 30,2018
It’s Not That I Don’t Care About Their Dental Health
The thing is that I have a hard enough time committing to brushing my own teeth every day.
I do pay attention to their teeth though. I get how important a pet’s dental health is.
Our Home Routine for Cleaner Teeth
After some research and testing, I found a little at-home teeth cleaning routine that works for us.
The first step in the routine is to sprinkle Plaque Off on Chester and Gretel’s food daily.
To actually remove the plaque, I need to give my dogs something abrasive to chew on every day.
That didn’t work for us though.
I tried softening them.
How do you soften deer antlers for a dog you ask? It’s easy.
I soaked them in low-sodium chicken broth, or bone broth, for 24-48 hours.
Not only did that make them a bit softer for chewing, it infused them with an extra bit of flavor.
Occasionally, for an extra treat and health boost, I dip the end in organic coconut oil.
What We Get Done Professionally: Anesthesia-Free Dog Teeth Cleaning
I had heard about “anesthesia-free” teeth cleaning through a friend.
When he came out of the back room he was all waggy tail and had sparkling white teeth.
At first, I was hesitant to get Gretel’s teeth cleaned this way.
How Are Their Teeth Doing?
Chester and Gretel had a checkup of their teeth last year at the vet.
Are their teeth gleaming and white? No.
In fact, I might argue that it’s just as – or almost as good as – brushing your dog’s teeth.
What do you do for your dog’s dental health?