Our canine friends need our assistance to maintain some aspects of grooming. Just as we are concerned with our own mouth and have adapted to a regular routine, this is one area we can assist our friends who cannot hold a toothbrush. We strongly recommend that the brushing of teeth be adapted as a regular routine and this would be up to you as their guardian.
How do I brush my dog’s teeth at home?
- Use a specially formulated dog toothpaste. Never use human toothpaste that is not formulated for swallowing.
- You don’t have to use a special dog toothbrush. You can use a regular human toothbrush but be sure it has super soft bristles.
- Sit your dog down beside you supported by a couch, chair or wall on the other side, giving your dog less movement. You may need to exercise patients, the objective here is to get that brush inside the mouth and eventually, an active brushing. Once this seating is accomplished and comfortable, pull the lips up and brush tooth and gum surface, expecting some toothbrush chewing. As like most routines, this all works better for all concerned, when introduced at an early age.
- Keep in mind, some brushing is better than no brushing!
How often should I brush my dog’s teeth?
It is recommended to brush your dog’s teeth 2 to 3 times per week. To keep on top of excellent pet care.
How often should I have my dog’s teeth professionally cleaned?
A professional cleaning should be done 1 to 2 times per year. Professional cleaning removes plaque and calculus and cleaning without the use of sedation should be considered a great extension of the grooming process.
What is Non-Anesthesia dog teeth cleaning and is it possible?
A good pet teeth cleaner will settle your dog using various techniques, inspect your dog’s teeth and remove plaque and tartar with the same dental tools your dental hygienist uses. If your dog is uncomfortable with the process or is requiring a vet, this will be determined and no fee is charged.
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