Generally Dogs are not susceptible to tooth cavities like humans but, still, there is a chance of getting plaque and tartar that may lead to cavities and gingivitis. These issues if not dealt with care may lead to chronic dental issues that might also become life threatening for the dog.
To avoid all such dental issues it is recommended an important practice to learn how to brush your dog’s teeth. In the market, you can find a wide variety of canine toothbrushes for the purpose. But still, you need to learn a technique required to brush teeth properly and carefully. It is important to know that fluoride is poisonous for the dogs so you have to buy a toothpaste specifically made for the dogs. Following is a three-step process that will guide you to brush your dog in a proper way.
- Start Early: You are advised to initiate the practice of brushing dog’s teeth earlier as it will be easy for you and the dog to get accustomed to the process. Dogs are very intuitive and they will help understand the need of getting brushed and will cooperate with you in making the process easy. However, an older dog will have difficulty in learning this new activity if it has not been done before.
- Start Slowly: You are advised to choose a time after your dog has a sufficient exercise and an outdoor play time. Usually, dogs do not like to be brushed early morning time as they are more interested in playing and running so they will not stick at one place and would be eager to run and play while you brush them. Reward your dog with a treat every time it cooperates with you for getting its teeth brushed. You can find delicious treats from the market particularly made for the dogs. You will observe that your dog will like to get brushed till it is rewarded with treats. It is recommended to not hastily brush all teeth in one go rather try to be slow and brush few teeth first and do the rest of on the next day.
- Dry Food & Chew Bones or Toys: Whether you succeed in brushing your dog’s teeth or not, it is recommended to give your dog some dry food afterward to help the plaque scrap off the teeth. You can buy from the market some toys that help in strengthening the teeth and gums but remember, the toy must not be too hard to break the teeth or damage the gums.
It is also a good practice to get you dog a dental exam from a vet. Any dental discomfort, injury, cavity or pain should be dealt with concern and proper medication should be provided. Following are the symptoms that will let you know that your dog needs a visit to the veteran;
- bad breath
- Any Change in chewing habit
- Pawing at the mouth, and mood change
- Discoloration, swelling, or bleeding of the gums
- Tartar along the gum line
- Unexplained bumps or unusual growths
If any of the above symptoms is observed, take your dog to the veteran for a complete dental exam. These practices will ensure a good health of your pet and avoid you from the hassle of long term issues and treatments.