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How to clean your Dog’s Teeth

We all love our dogs but we don’t always love their breath. Dogs are not prone to cav­i­ties like humans are but tarter and plaque does build up on their teeth.   Sim­i­lar to humans, dogs can suf­fer from health issues related to not tak­ing care of their teeth. Dogs can con­tract kid­ney, heart, and liver dis­ease along with other life threat­en­ing infections.

With that being said you need to start brush­ing your dog’s teeth. Look for a brush that has a dou­ble sided head that angles at 45 degrees. This will help to clean below the gum line. It might be a strug­gle at first but hope­fully brush­ing will become almost like get­ting a belly rub. Try to brush your dog’s teeth after they have had an ade­quate amount exer­cise so that they are a bit tired it will make it eas­ier espe­cially the first time. Start off slow and make sure you stop if they get too agi­tated. Even if you don’t get the whole mouth the first time it will come grad­u­ally. Speak in sooth­ing tones while brush­ing and make sure that you reward your pet when you are done so the process becomes enjoy­able rather than a chore.

It is best to start brush­ing your dog’s teeth when they are pup­pies so that they get use to the process faster. Make sure you do not use human tooth­paste because it con­tains flu­o­ride which is poi­so­nous to dogs. Your local pet store should sell safe tooth­paste for your pet.

Brush­ing might not work for every dog so there­fore dry dog food will help clean their teeth and it won’t stick to their teeth like soft food will. Bones and chew toys can also help as long as they are not too hard and won’t break their teeth.

Your pet is impor­tant to you and you would do any­thing to make sure they are taken care of. Brush­ing your dog’s teeth prob­a­bly never crossed your mind but hope­fully you have a bet­ter under­stand­ing of how to do it and why it is important.

 

For more infor­ma­tion please go to these websites:

http://www.cesarsway.com/dog-care/dog-health/7-tips-for-doggie-dental-care

http://www.aspca.org/pet-care/virtual-pet-behaviorist/dog-behavior/brushing-your-dogs-teeth