While it’s technically possible for a dog to give themselves oral, it’s not likely. Most dogs simply don’t have the coordination or desire to do so.
If you notice your dog trying to lick their own genitals, it’s probably because they’re enjoying the taste or feeling of being licked.
While there’s nothing wrong with this behavior, you may want to discourage it if your dog is getting too carried away.
How Often Should I Brush My Dog’s Teeth?
You should ideally brush your dog’s teeth at least 2-3 times a week, if not daily, for effective oral care. Consistent brushing helps prevent the buildup of plaque and tartar, reducing the risk of dental issues.
However, the frequency may vary depending on your dog’s breed, age, and individual dental health. Consult your veterinarian for specific guidance tailored to your dog’s needs.
What are Some Signs That My Dog Needs Dental Care?
There are a few key things to look for when trying to determine if your dog needs dental care. If you see any of the following signs, it’s time to take your pup to the vet for a checkup:
Bad breath: This is perhaps the most common sign that something is wrong with your dog’s teeth. If your furry friend has started to have noticeably bad breath, it could be a sign of gum disease or other dental problems.
Yellow or brown teeth: Another thing to look out for is discoloration of the teeth. If they’ve started to turn yellow or brown, it’s likely due to plaque buildup and bacteria growth. This can lead to more serious issues like gingivitis if left untreated.
Excessive drooling or drooling with blood: If your dog is drooling more than usual, or if there’s blood in their saliva, this could be a sign that their gums are inflamed and bleeding. This is usually a pretty clear indicator that they need professional dental care.
Loss of appetite: Finally, one other way you might notice that something is wrong with your dog’s teeth is if they start losing interest in food or playing with their toys. A loss of appetite can indicate pain in the mouth which may be caused by dental problems.
Dogs can engage in some self-oral care behaviors, but it’s essential to understand the limitations of their natural efforts. While dogs can perform certain actions that aid in maintaining their oral hygiene, they cannot provide themselves with comprehensive oral care similar to how humans practice dental hygiene.