Sometimes a dog’s mouth is a very intimidating place. It’s dark, damp, there are 42 sharp teeth and, unless you’ve done your job it is kind of stinky in there.
Just like with other dog-related must dos such as washing your dog your attitude towards the activity will influence how your dog responds to it. If you are not looking forward to brushing your dog’s teeth your dog will pick up on your feelings, and he will become nervous, making a normally sweet dog aggressive and fearful.
To avoid your dog from being afraid of having his teeth brushed, start training your dog to become comfortable with the idea of having someone in and around their mouth. If you have a new puppy, now’s the time to start getting them on the path to clean teeth. If you have an older dog start slow and gradually, ease into brushing their teeth more regularly. Remember be gentle, diligent and patient and always praise or offer a tasty treat when your dog does well.
Do not use human toothpaste. Your toothpaste is not designed for your pet, it usually tastes like mint and is not intended for swallowing. Whereas a toothpaste designed for your dog will often taste like beef or chicken and your dog can harmlessly swallow it. Dog toothpaste also has enzymes; these enzymes aid the cleaning process. You could try PetzLife Oral Care Dental Gel for Dogs.
There are a variety of tools to use when cleaning your dog’s teeth. Most people think of toothbrushes, because that’s what human’s typically use. Dog toothbrushes are available and they work great, but be sure to select a brush with soft bristles that isn’t too large for your dog’s mouth. For example your could try Triple Pet Toothbrush for Dogs, if your dog doesn’t tolerate the toothbrush well don’t get upset; you can use a finger brush or wrap your finger with a bit of gauze.
Once you’ve selected a toothpaste, brush or other tool. It’s time to get cleaning. Begin slowly by allowing your pet to taste and smell the toothpaste. It your dog licks it give him praise, this will let your dog know that the paste is for him. Once your pet accepts the toothpaste include the brush or other tool. Only brush the outsides of your dog’s teeth you don’t have to worry about brushing the inside area, because the inside is constantly cleaned with your dog’s tongue and saliva.
If your dog is showing signs of periodontal disease, or if they have sensitive teeth and gums you may need to start your dog’s teeth cleaning program with a visit to your veterinarian. This visit is especially important for older dogs who may already have broken teeth or a hefty amount of plaque and tartar built up. To get your pet’s mouth into tip-top shape your veterinarian will clean and pull any diseased teeth. Later when your pet is fully healed and their mouth is no longer sensitive you can start a regular routine of brushing your pet’s teeth. Brushing is a cost-effective way to improve your pet’s life and only takes a few minutes to do. I recommend brushing your pet’s teeth after their dinner and at least twice a week, but of course daily is better.
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