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Tips for Your Dog’s Healthy Dental Hygiene

In today’s world almost everyone you know has, does, or will own a dog in their lifetime. Owning a dog can mark a special time in a person’s life such as a birthday, a new chapter in your life, or the loss of a beloved family member. When you embark on your journey through life with your new found best friend and pet you will see how amazing it is to have a companion that you can count on no matter what. This is why it can be so important to learn how to properly care for your dog and their health so that you two can have a long and happy friendship together.

brushing dog teethCaring for your dog’s dental hygiene is a very important part of taking care of their overall health and making sure they feel good. Dogs are just like humans in the way that when their teeth are not properly taken care of, it can cause many painful problems that could have been avoided by proper care of their teeth. Another thing that dogs have in common with people is the fact that dental issues are the most common problems that dogs have. This is why it is so very important to take proper care of your pet’s teeth.

Make Brushing Your Dog’s Teeth a Habit

Although it may sound silly, brushing your dog’s teeth is a very important habit to make. It is very similar to when you first start to brush a small child’s teeth because they may not like it and it will be a difficult process until your dog realizes that it is part of their routine. The best part of this is that you do not have to make a trip to your local veterinarian and pay a costly fee to get this done.

The best way to show your dog that this is not a punishment is to make sure to always start this process with a treat to let your dog know that they are not in trouble for any bad behavior. Eventually your dog will be reminding you when it is time for his daily teeth brushing. Not only is this a healthy exercise and habit to get into with your pet but it is a great time to gain your beloved dogs trust and spend quality time with them.

Start Brushing Gently

You start by rubbing down their teeth with a damp cloth for a week or two to get them used to feeling something rub against their teeth. Next you can start brushing their teeth with a toothbrush. You should get a dog toothbrush along with toothpaste specifically designed for dogs. You should never use products made for humans on your pet. When you brush their teeth you need to take care that you are gentle on their gums and that you do not choke them by brushing too far back. You should also brush their teeth close to as often as you would brush your own, meaning several times a week.

The reason you brush your dog’s teeth is not only so they are healthy but also to prevent damage later on in doggy life that can cause them to lose teeth when it could have been prevented. It can also cure and prevent oral diseases such as bad breath which is very common in most dogs.

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2 Responses to Tips for Your Dog’s Healthy Dental Hygiene

  1. Linda Thomas January 21, 2014 at 5:04 AM #

    Thanks for the information about beginning dental care by using a rag on my pets teeth and gums before introducing them to a doggie tooth brush.

    • LAdogs January 21, 2014 at 9:34 AM #

      Linda – Glad you found it helpful!

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