Dog-Pet-Sitting-Walking-North-Dallas notes that February is National Pet Dental Health Month so let’s talk today about the importance of good oral hygiene.
Pets all start life with clean, white teeth. Healthy teeth are an important part of your pet’s overall well-being. As they get older, plaque builds up and decay can set in. Bacteria in the mouth can spread to other parts of the body and cause serious problems just as in humans.
Bones can help keep teeth clean, but regular brushing is needed to keep your pet’s teeth healthy.
How to brush your dog’s teeth
- Use toothpaste for dogs which is available in any pet store. Human toothpaste is toxic to dogs.
- Don’t rush. Take time to get your dog accustomed to your hands around his mouth. When you are relaxed, use just your finger to mimic the action of the toothbrush.
- Introduce the toothbrush. You don’t have to do a complete brushing the first time. In fact, you may only get to brush a few teeth before your dog’s rebels. That’s ok. Try again the next day.
- Keep it fun. You don’t want your pet to be afraid of the toothbrush. Stop brushing when she starts to struggle. Praise her and snuggle her afterwards.
- Try again another day. If it doesn’t go well at first, don’t despair. Keep trying at another session. Even if you only brush the outside teeth, you will get most of the plaque.
- Reap the rewards. One big advantage of brushing your dog’s teeth is that you may avoid (or at least put off) the expense and risk of anesthesia required for a professional cleaning.
If you notice your dog has bad breath, it could be a sign of bad oral hygiene or some other health problem. Be sure to check with your vetenarian.
Keep you dog’s smile bright and shiny!
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