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Brush Your Dog's Teeth!
My family slacks in brushing our dog’s teeth. Both our oldest, a Rat terrier, and our young Doberman thrash their heads when anyone comes near with a toothbrush. We gave up a long time ago, wondering if it was really worth the effort since wild wolves never have to. After all, they are from the same species. Years later, when witnessing out elderly dog’s yellow caked teeth, we wonder if it was a good decision not to be more persistent.
While some people say that our canine pets are pampered, many studies have found that our pet dogs live longer, mostly due to modern medical invention. Wolves have a life expectancy of 6 years; dogs have a whopping thirteen. In other words, brushing dog teeth along with giving them love and shelter extends their lives! Wild wolves were killed off by disease, exposure, and starvation. Our lovable pooches have been vaccinated and brushed, topped with pink bows and sometimes little sweaters.
Because we have domesticated dogs, they also have more time for their teeth to have problems. Some websites I visited brought up the point that wolves primarily eat meat with their large 42 teeth, and since dogs eat kibble it causes more bacteria and plaque. One blog induced that because wolves eat more meat, they would always have their teeth scraped by bones. Our slobbery companions don’t always have access to that when we sneak them peas, lunchmeat, and whatever table scraps are left.
So one of the best ways to keep your dog alive longer is to brush their teeth. It helps prevent periodontal disease, which contributes up to 85% in domestic dogs. Luckily there are all kinds of products now to help besides toothbrushes—finger rubber brushes even treats to help prevent built-up plaque. ASPCA recommends brushing daily, just like human teeth, or if you don’t have time at least monthly to keep their breath and teeth as loveable as their kisses.
Information about a natural diet for your dog, plus more information
- "Do I Really Need to Brush My Dog's Teeth?"| Dublin Dog Blog
- Wolf vs Dog
Wolf vs Dog Although wolves and doges contain similarities in some aspects, but one came across more variations between the two. Wolf is basically categorized
- Wolf & Dog Teeth Comparisson
- ASPCA | Official Site for the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals