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Why it is important to brush your dog’s teeth
- Keeping your dog’s teeth brushed helps prevent plaque and tartar buildup just as it does for humans.
- The same complications of dental problems that can lead to life-threatening infections in humans such as heart, liver, and kidney disease effects dogs as well.
- Besides wanting my sweet Raider to be in good health, I really don’t want to pay the costly fees to have a thorough dental cleaning by the veterinarian.
- Now, each evening, after his last meal of the day, Raider gets his teeth brushed.
- It isn’t as difficult as I thought it would be and he doesn’t seem to mind at all, even though he looks less-than-pleased in the photo below 😉
- The hardest part is getting the fur around his mouth out of the way.
How to brush your dog’s teeth
Tips to help your dog acclimate to brushing
- If your dog is reluctant, uncomfortable or frightened, the ASPCA has steps and tips to acclimate him and make the experience pleasant.
- Start by getting your dog used to the process. Gently massage her gums with your finger for a minute or so for a time before moving on to introducing the brush helps.
- When she seems comfortable, introduce the toothbrush. We cut the bristles down on a soft, child’s toothbrush but you can purchase one specially designed for your dog.
- Be positive and patient, giving lots of gentle praise.
- Home care is a great way to keep your dog’s teeth clean. But be sure to have routine checks with the vet to be sure everything is looking good.
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Good tutorial! this is my least favorite chore :/ ~Heather
I have been aware of this month for several years because we always have Trudy's teeth cleaned. Not this year, though. She is just too old for the anesthesia. I have tried to brush her teeth with no success. We have a Schnauzer, too. Love them.
Thanks for the info and it's great to see handsome Raider!
Debby Ray says
Boy, I would like to think I could get Hunter to allow me to do this without biting my hand off. He is 12 and is a grumpy, touchy old man some of the time. I used to be able to do anything to him. His breath is atrocious! Oscar, on the other hand would handle his just fine. Thanks for the tip!
Ann Thompson says
Raider does look a bit grumpy in that one picture 🙂