Proper dental care is an important part of your dog's general health. This can include proper checks and even brushing your dog's teeth. While you may be used to brushing your teeth, what about your hairy friend? If you are a new pet owner, you can of course have questions. Luckily we sat down with the Trupanion vet Dr. Caroline Wilde to teach us more about how to brush a dog's teeth and tips for keeping your pet's teeth healthy all year round.
How to brush a dog's teeth
Whether this is your first time brushing your dog's teeth or you are an experienced professional, it can be a different experience for each dog. Of course, depending on your dog's age, breed or temperament, they may react differently to brushing their teeth. Wilde breaks down a few steps to think about before you begin.
- First, I would start with a complete physical examination so that your veterinarian can give appropriate recommendations regarding dental care and treatment planning. They can also advise on any problems for your pet to start dental care at home.
- Your veterinarian probably has "starter packs" of toothbrushes and toothpaste. If not, I would go to the pet store and buy toothpaste and toothbrushes for pets, given the size of your dog's mouth when choosing a toothbrush. They make small finger toothbrushes that some pet owners prefer. For more information on dog toothpaste, click here.
- Brushing your dog's teeth may not be different than brushing your teeth. For example, try small circles along the gums with a soft-bristled toothbrush, or whatever your veterinarian recommends.
- Start slowly with a short brushing activity.
- Reward your dog for their cooperation and then slowly increase periods.
As with all new activities, take your time and give your pet a chance to get used to the situation. Also, make sure your dog is comfortable and calm when trying to do the activity. If they become happy or uncomfortable, you can consider stopping and try another time.
The Benefits of Brushing Your Dog's Teeth
There are many benefits to keeping up with your pet's dental routine. For example, it not only helps keep your pet's teeth clean, but it can also help with other pets' health conditions. Wilde points out additional benefits of keeping your best friend's teeth and gums clean.
- Oral health affects public health.
- Dental disease can be extremely painful and dental care at home can improve the quality of life.
- You may appreciate your dog's healthier breathing.
As imagined, dental disease can occur at any time. In addition, poor dental health can be linked to heart disease and cancer. In addition, proper dental care and check-in with your veterinarian can help you keep your pet happy and healthy.
How often should you brush your dog's teeth?
Now that you've got to brush your best friend's teeth? , you may be wondering what schedule to keep to keep your pet's teeth clean. For example, "on average, you should try to brush your dog's teeth 1-2 times a day," says Wilde. While daily brushing is perfect for your pet, your veterinarian may have additional recommendations based on your dog's age or breed.
Tips for brushing your dog's teeth
It may take your dog time to get used to brushing his teeth. Fortunately, Wilde has some tips that can help you along the way.
- Start as soon as your veterinarian says it's okay, in general the sooner the better.
- Try to create a positive experience around toothbrushing. After all, this can be a binding activity. Introduce candy, a game and make it fun for your pet.
- Consider doing this apart from your pet's normal routine. If your pet expects it, it can make it easier for your pet to expect it with its walk, playtime or meal.
- Reward them with a candy! This can help create a fun and exciting event that they can look forward to with their favorite person.
You may want to talk to your veterinarian about your pet's dental care during their first health visit. Your veterinarian can also check your best friend's teeth and recommend a treatment plan, including dental care, schedule and tips for your hairy friend.
Brushing a dog's teeth can be a part of their daily activities
Brushing a dog's teeth can help keep them in optimal health. Of course, as your dog ages, your pet's dental health may change. But by talking to your veterinarian, sticking to a treatment plan and maintaining daily cleaning, your pet can have a healthy smile for many years to come!
How do you brush your dog's teeth? Tell us in the comments below.
For more on pet care, read Seven Essential Puppy Dental Care Tips
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