How to brush Your Dog’s Teeth
Just like their human owners, oral health can have a serious impact on the comfort and longevity of a dog’s life. Without constant care, a dog’s teeth can begin to decay, as the gums, and jaw bone become infected. An annual dental evaluation and professional cleaning by your veterinarian is extremely important but so is brushing. Brushing a dog’s teeth is not only a good way to keep your pet healthy, but it will also resolve issues like bad breath. Many dog owners don’t know where or how to start this process, but brushing a dog’s teeth is relatively simple.
Purchasing Dog Toothbrushes
Dog’s teeth need to be brushed from a very young age. There are several different products on the market that can help pet owners to accomplish this task. Many kits that feature both a full-sized brush and a finger brush are available. Ask the skilled professionals at Murrayhill, your Beaverton vet. We can help you start the process.
A dog may not be ready to let his or her owner stick their finger inside the mouth. You may want to start by just playing with the muzzle the lips. Follow that with offering your pet a treat. It is important to be patient with the animal. Once your pet is comfortable with that, gently place the toothbrush or finger brush inside the mouth to get him or her accustomed to the feel of the brush. This can take longer with older dogs, but it’s important to persevere. Once your pet is comfortable with the brush, toothpaste can be introduced.
Brushing the teeth
Using the appropriate toothbrush or finger brush dog owners should spend time carefully working over the teeth and the gums, making certain to address each area of the mouth. If necessary, work on one part of the mouth per day until your pet becomes more accustomed to toothbrushing. It is important to never use human toothpaste in a dog’s mouth. Human toothpaste has fluoride in it, which is toxic to dogs. Dog toothpastes are specially formulated for the animal’s needs, and will not pose a health risk if ingested.
If small amount of blood appears when brushing an animal’s teeth, see your veterinarian immediately as this indicates periodontal disease which represents a more serious health condition for your pet Your pet may not be used to the brushing motion. With patience and time, this should improve, as the dog’s mouth becomes accustomed to brushing on a frequent basis.
Additional pet oral health resources
While brushing a dog’s teeth is the first step towards maintaining oral hygiene, certain chews and treats can also help with your pet’s oral health. Look for these products at Murrayhill Veterinary Hospital, your Beaverton veterinarian . The dog will be sure to love the taste, while his teeth will benefit from the cleaning power. Be careful not to over indulge your pet however…that can cause weight gain and a new set of issues to worry about.
For more information, contact the staff at Murrayhill, your Beaverton Vet Hospital. A staff member will be happy to answer any concerns owners may have, in addition to providing valuable insight that can help to keep a dog’s oral hygiene addressed properly. If your pet has bad breath, this probably indicates your pet has an infection and you should contact us immediately for a consultation.