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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