Caring for your dogs teeth is important, thats why we wrote this guide to Shiba Inu Dental Care. In this post, we will cover all of the basics of Shiba Inu dental care. From tooth brushing techniques to dental care products to preventative measures that will keep your pup’s teeth in tip top shape. Let’s get started!
The most important thing about caring for a Shiba Inu’s teeth is properly caring for their tongue as well. Shiba Inus are known for their bad breath, in part because of their low anteriors. However, it is even more important to note that the cause of this odor is from the buildup of bacteria on the tongue and therefore under the tongue as well. This can be prevented by cleaning your Shiba Inu’s mouth normally as well as cleaning behind their teeth daily with a toothbrush designed for dogs or a product such as Doggle Teefresh. This can help your Shiba Inu maintain healthy teeth and gums, which will especially help if they are going on a trip.
It is important to note that if you dog’s tongue is very long and you have them on a leash, make sure it is clipped to prevent it from hanging out of their mouth. It is also recommended that you brush your pup’s teeth daily as well, or at least every second or third day of the week. This will prevent tooth decay and gum disease as well.
When it comes to tooth brushing, there are different techniques that you can use depending on your Shiba Inu’s personality. In general, there are two basic brushing methods: the soft brush and the toothpaste brush.
The soft brush is generally advised for adult dogs no matter what their breed because it allows you to be gentle while thoroughly cleaning their teeth. This is usually advised for adults unless you know your dog will not get upset when it is brushed. The soft brush bristles are a bit harder than the toothpaste-brush bristles, but are softer than that of a regular toothbrush.
To use the soft brush, begin by gently massaging your dog’s gums with the soft brush bristles. This will help get their gums used to being brushed and will make it easier to reach those hard-to-reach spots. Then, you can begin brushing your dog’s teeth gently. It is best to start at a gum line and slowly move in an upward motion until you have covered all of the surfaces of your dog’s teeth. The toothpaste brush is used a bit differently. First, you should get your dog used to having the toothpaste in their mouth rather than just on their teeth. You can have your dog chew on the toothbrush or even lick a small amount of toothpaste off with their tongue and then let them go back to their normal activities. After your Shiba Inu has become used to the taste of the toothpaste, you can begin brushing their teeth more thoroughly. It is very important that you start at the gum line, again, and slowly brush outwards using small circular motions. If you start at the teeth and move inwards, the toothpaste will end up on your dog’s tongue which will make them feel like they are choking.
It is also important to note that your Shiba Inu’s gums should be pink or even light red, but they shouldn’t be dark red. They should have healthy canines (the teeth that are above the incisors) as well. If your dog’s teeth are missing or look noticeably dark brown or black, it is important to seek veterinarian care immediately.
When it comes to dental treats, there are a few that you can give your Shiba Inu in order to help maintain their dental health. One of the most popular pieces of dental chew is the Crunchi bone. Crunchi bones are small rawhide and chicken treats. They are made in the USA and come in a variety of flavors, including peanut butter and bacon. They also add flaxseed to their products to help clean your dog’s teeth as they chew.
Another favorite is the Greenies Pill Pockets. These are essentially treats that you can use to give medicine to your dog or put food in it if they have trouble chewing their food due to dental issues such as tooth decay or an infection of the mouth. These come in a variety of flavors such as chicken, peanut butter, and bacon.
The final dental treat that is very popular are the Snoozer dental treats that are made from a durable rubber. They come in different shapes and sizes to help clean different surfaces on your dog’s teeth.
Finally, for those pup owners who are interested in more natural dental care, there are a few options available to them. One of the best natural products is called Denta Stix bones. They are made of a natural product that is similar to rawhide, but they are shaped like a flossing stick. They come in flavors such as peanut butter, bacon, and chicken. These products can be found at your local pet stores or Amazon.
These all are great options for helping to maintain your Shiba Inu’s dental health. It is important to cut up treats into small pieces so that they don’t risk choking on them while chewing down on them and making it easier for them to digest. Also, check in with your vet and have some gums that look slightly pink or red. They should have healthy canines as well so that you are sure your Shiba Inu is keeping their teeth clean.
Puppies go through a developmental stage where their teeth are coming in and they may be chewing on things. Some puppies may grow out of the teething phase quickly, but some puppies may take up to a year before their new teeth are fully grown. The best way to deal with this is to make sure that your puppy has plenty of something hard that they can chew on that isn’t allowed to be chewed up by the puppy such as rawhide or rubber toys. It’s important not to buy any toy made out of any kind of material that can break off and choke the pup as well.
It takes time for them to get used to the toothpaste, but once they do, the brush is great for helping keep their mouths clean and healthy. The fact that they love it as much as you do makes it all worth it! Get started brushing your dogs teeth right away and it will have a healthier life.