Taking Good Care of Your Dog’s Teeth
Have you noticed that your dog has bad breath or yellowish teeth? If you think this is just an average condition for dogs, it is not. One of the common concerns of a dog is its teeth. One of the reasons why your pet has unhealthy teeth is due to lack of dental care. Once the dog’s teeth are not clean, there would be several complications such as cavities, gum problems and so on. As a dog owner, taking good care of your dog’s teeth on a regular basis is your responsibility.
Without further ado, here are the steps in taking care of your dog’s teeth regularly:
Step 1 – Be ready with your dog brushing supplies
Before brushing the dog’s teeth, see to it that the supplies are ready to use. You need to have a doggie toothbrush, toothpaste for canines, or a canine dental pad. If you do not have a dog toothbrush, an unused human toothbrush would be okay.
Step 2 – Manipulate the dog’s mouth before brushing
It is the hardest part of all. It may take some time for your pet to cooperate on this one. Do not be in a hurry, as patience wins it all. You need to be careful in handling the dog’s mouth. If you are not careful, the dog might bite your hand.
Put something on your finger for the dog like peanut butter and let the dog lick it. As the dog licks, rub the dog’s teeth and gums in a gentle with your finger. Repeat this until the dog’s teeth gains more exposure. Put your hand comfortably on the dog’s lower jaw and rest it for a few seconds. To quickly open the dog’s jaw, you need to part the lips to manipulate its mouth.
Try to choose a time where you are not in a hurry or everyone is quiet. It is time you will get your dog brushing supplies.
Step 3 – Convince the dog to behave while brushing
Put the toothpaste on the doggie toothbrush and let your dog sniff it. It is where the dog starts to get interested with the toothpaste. Rub the teeth with a finger or a doggie toothbrush after you move the lips aside. Brush most of the dog’s teeth in a gentle way, and re-apply the toothpaste when needed. Brush it in a circular motion.
If it is going well in a few days, try to open the dog’s jaw and brush its back teeth. There is no need for you to worry if it is not easy to brush the dog’s back teeth. Even if it is not going well, you should reward the dog with something like playing, take a walk, and so on.
If you need more information for your dog’s dental care, take your time to visit a nearby animal dental care center. From there, you are seeking professional advice from a veterinary dentist.
“Taking Good Care of Your Dog’s Teeth in 3 Simple Steps”
About the author:
Jeff Caceres is a freelance blogger who loves dogs. He and his family currently own 4 fluffy house dogs and 3 guard dogs. He loves to share tips, stories, pictures and videos on living his life with his lovable dogs. You can check out his dog website http://lifewithpuppy.com for more stories from different dog owners around the world.
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Do you brush your dog’s teeth on a regular basis?
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