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With that said, dogs are called man’s best friend and it’s for nothing. More than anyone your furry friend knows when you are sad, scared, happy or joyful. Every day, they’re by your side as faithful companions and friends.
But do you stand with them the same way?
Do you take care of them?
Well, sadly the answer is not always.
In this blog post we will discuss how to be a pet parent and take care of your furry friend. Especially how to brush their teeth and take care of their personal hygiene.
Why should you brush your pet’s teeth?
By taking care of your pup’s dental hygiene you improve their health, quality of life and duck the chances of your dog being a victim of periodontitis.
This disease starts as gingivitis and advances to take in bony tooth sockets leading to loss of teeth.
Therefore, to maintain dog’s health and to let them tell the tale, you need to brush your dog’s teeth daily. This doesn’t have to be a core, you just need to help your dog learn the process and create a schedule.
To learn how to brush your dog’s teeth and keep them healthy continue reading.
Like humans your pets too eat food therefore, you should brush their teeth daily. This will not only keep them healthy but will also create a routine. Once the dog gets accustomed to brushing they will accept it.
However, if your busy schedule does not allow you to do this daily you can brush their teeth twice a week.
Ideally when your furry friend is still a pup teach them to accept brushing.
It will take some time but slowly they will become habitual and will accept brushing. If you have an older dog, be patient with them, as this will take time and a little longer.
Before we learn how to brush dogs’ teeth as a pet parent let’s take a quick look at things you will need. Certainly, they will be the same as your dental tools but you cannot use your tools.
You will find different types of dog’s toothbrush – single head, double head and one that can fit in your pinkie finger. Using a soft bristle brush is recommended as it prevents gum line from damaging. What type of a toothbrush you pick is totally up to you but if you have a large dog avoid using a pinkie finger brush as your dog can accidentally bite it down.
Like a toothbrush, different types of dog’s toothpaste are also available. To make them accept brushing go with savory meat flavor. This will make them happy and they will let you touch their teeth.
Brushing your dog’s teeth will not be easy. To do it right grab the dental tools, dog treats and follow step by step guide explained below:
To begin with, cup your hand under your dog’s chin, and stay like this for a few seconds. Once they are steady use your other hand to give the treat. This will feel normal and your pup won’t be stressed out. Repeat the process a number of times to make them habitual of your hands and getting a treat.
Next, place one hand under your dog’s nose and other on top for a few seconds. Follow the same process and place your hand each time in a different position. Now slightly lift their lips and open their mouth.
This whole practice session will make your pup comfortable and will allow you to brush their teeth. Certainly, the whole process will take time but you need to be patient.
One of the biggest mistakes most pet parents do is, jumping into the work of grooming without allowing the dog to sniff the items. When you know your dog is ready for brushing you need to give your pup the time to sniff all things. Again here you need to use positive reinforcement and praise.
Adding flavored toothpaste will work in your favor as it will make things interesting for your pet.
To start brushing, look for a comfortable spot. You can begin by adding a daub of tasty toothpaste on your dog’s toothbrush. Though you have made your dog ready for it, having a toothbrush in the mouth will be new.
To make them feel comfortable you can brush with them, add goodies. This will reassure your furry friend that good things happen when they allow you to touch their mouth and work.
Don’t think the very first time you will be able to brush the complete mouth. To begin with, try brushing front teeth for 10 seconds and that’s it for day one. You can continue with these sessions for over a week. Brush in small circles, getting top and bottom on each side.
Once your dog becomes habitual and they understand they will be rewarded for a good job by a treat, start working towards the back of the dog’s mouth. This process will be a bit complicated as you’ll need to keep the mouth open for a while. Therefore, try to finish the process smoothly and keep your dog comfortable.
To avoid making it look like a chore makes your dog comfortable and then see it will be quick and easy.
So that’s it by following these steps you can brush your dog’s teeth. However, if your friend reacts to any of the things, don't get annoyed. It can be that you have done the process too quickly. Therefore, you will need to go back to the step when your dog accepted it and then slowly go to the next step.
Here are some pro tips:
- Keep changing the position and time of manipulating with the dog’s muzzle and mouth. Gradually work towards opening the dog’s mouth.
- Don’t worry about feeding treats; dog toothpaste is formulated to dissolve plaque, so a few treats will not have any impact.
- Sometimes your dog’s gums might bleed but if it becomes regular it means you are doing it wrong and using a lot of pressure.
- Visit a doctor one every year for professional help and check-ups. This will keep your pal fit and healthy.
Good luck with brushing your dog’s teeth.
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