Just like how flossing and proper dental hygiene can add 6. 4 years to your life, regularly brushing your pups teeth can add up to 5 years to a dog’s life. That’s 35 dog years! Like going for walks or combing out shedding hair, brushing your dog’s teeth should be a regular part of your regular doggie duties. Although it’s ideal to start when they’re pups to get your dog accustomed to brushing we know there are many older, adorable rescues out there waiting for their forever home that also need to have their chompers brushed. Here are a few tips for starting a brushing routine and to keep those pearly whites clean.
Use a toothbrush intended for dogs.
Dog friendly toothbrushes are angled to make it easier to brush teeth from an odd angle, such as if your dog is sitting on your lap or if your crouched awkwardly in front of them. Finger cots, brushes that go over your finger, also work.
Use toothpaste specially formulated for dogs.
Toothpaste for dogs is made to be swallowed and won’t harm your pet if they ingest it. They also come in a variety of flavors that dogs enjoy like poultry, liver, or peanut butter. Never use dental products intended for humans. Too much fluoride is unhealthy for dogs.
Give them a taste.
Since the toothpaste comes in flavors that dogs love, put a dab on your finger and give your pup a taste to let them get use to the taste and consistency. Once they know the toothpaste is something tasty start using your finger to rub the toothpaste along their gumline.
Once your pup is use to the taste and feeling of having their teeth worked on then it’s time to start brushing. Remember to brush gently using the brush at a 45 º angle along the gumline. Gently brush back and forth. You don’t need to brush the inside surface of the teeth as the movement of your dog’s tongue will be enough to keep it relatively free of plaque.
Reward them often.
Each time your pup achieves a small goal, such as tasting the toothpaste for the first time or sitting still while you run toothpaste along their gumline with your finger, give them a treat and praise them. Let them know they’re doing great and they’ll be all smiles the next time a brushing comes around.
Pick the right time.
Choosing when to brush your dogs teeth will also make it a lot easier. Right before taking them out to play or before a walk when they’re excited isn’t the best time to brush their teeth. Try to aim for when they’re more mellow, like right before or after a nap. Also, brushing before feeding will help with reinforcing as your pup will view the meals as a reward after being good about brushing.
Know when they have a toothache.
If your pup is being resistant out of the blue to brushing then it might be because there’s something wrong with their teeth and the brushing is painful. Check for signs such as lose of appetite, swollen, red gums, ignoring chew toys, changing eating habits, bad breath and excessive seclusion. These are all signs that they might need veterinary attention with their dental hygiene.
Whether you’re starting with a puppy or taking in a senior cuddle bug, remember that patience is key but your pup will be wagging their tails thanks to their clean, bright smiles!
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