It’s important to make changes to a dental routine when caring for a small dog’s teeth. This is because small dogs have small mouths that need to be treated slightly differently to dogs with larger mouths. Decisions such as selecting the right size of dog chew and actions such as brushing a dog’s teeth will all have to be slightly altered when caring for a small dog. Read our tips below on how to adapt a normal dental routine to suit a small dogs needs.
Why is dental care in small dogs especially important?
Dental care is important for all dogs, but special care needs to be taken with some smaller dog’s teeth. This is because some small dogs have a skull conformation that can lead to an increased risk in certain dental issues. An example of small dogs that would suffer with this problem are Pugs and Chihuahuas, this is because they are brachycephalic breeds which often suffer from overcrowding problems. Overcrowding in a dog’s mouth can lead to more serious issues such as an increased risk of different dental diseases.
Brushing a small dog’s teeth
When brushing a small dog’s teeth there are a few things you need to do differently compared to when brushing a larger dog’s teeth. To begin with you need to be using a small toothbrush instead of a large one. This will be more effective when brushing inside a smaller dog’s mouth. Another reason is that a large toothbrush will be uncomfortable in a small dog’s mouth – using a large brush could discourage them from having their teeth cleaned.
When brushing a small dog’s teeth you need to pay particular attention to getting in between all your dog’s teeth and cleaning off all the areas that plaque grows in. This is another reason why a small toothbrush is needed.
Specialist dog friendly toothpaste is a must when cleaning any dog’s teeth. Human toothpaste has chemicals in it that can be damaging to a dog. For example, the foaming agents found in human toothpaste, can cause liver damage in dogs. Sugar substitutes used in human toothpaste can cause toxicity by causing a dangerously large drop in the blood sugar levels of dogs; this is another reason to avoid using human toothpaste when cleaning your dog’s teeth. Furthermore, human toothpastes are often mint in flavour, which dogs can find very unpleasant.
For a step-by-step guide around cleaning a dog’s teeth check out our how to clean dog’s teeth guide.
Small dog dental chews
Dental chews are a great way to help promote healthy teeth and gums in your dog. Here at Dentalife we have both a small dog chew and an extra small dog chew available in our range. For dogs that weigh between 2-7kg we recommend using our extra small dog chews; if your dog weighs between 7-12kg we advise you feed your dog our small range of dog chews.
Our Dentalife chews help to battle against plaque because of its revolutionary design. Each stick has a chewy porous texture and rigid shape. This design allows each dog chew to remove plaque from hard to reach places in a dog’s mouth. When used daily our chews have been scientifically proven to help reduce tartar build up. This reduction of tartar gives your small dog healthier teeth and gums, making them a great addition to any small dog dental care routine.
All of our chews are free from artificial colours and flavourings and come in a tasty chicken flavour. Not only that but Purina Dentalife chews are made with no added sugar and are low in fat. Check out our products page for more information around Purina DentaLife Chews.
If you are worried about any aspect of your dog’s dental health or want some general advice around dog dental care then check out our dog dental advice hub. It has plenty of great articles around caring for a dog’s teeth along with information about dental issues that can occur in dogs. If you are worried about your dog’s dental health we advise you visit your vet, who should be able to identify if your dog has a problem and how their problem can be treated.