Brushing a dog’s teeth adds years to his life
Plaques in dog’s teeth How does plaque build up in a pet’s teeth? Here is a simple explanation from pethealthoxyhealth.com. “Every time your dog eats, sticky plaque forms on the teeth. As the plaque starts to ‘party’ with the salts found naturally in your dog’s saliva, it begins to harden into tartar. Tartar leads to periodontal disease, where the gums start pulling away from the teeth, causing pain, inflammation, infection and even tooth loss. Plaque can harden into tartar within approximately 36 hours. That’s why knowing how to remove plaque from your dog’s teeth each day is essential to your furry friend’s health and well-being.” Reasons to remove plaque 1. Save money. Once plaque hardens into tartar, you can not remove it anymore. You will need a vet to do it. “Tartar removal requires a professional cleaning at the vet where your pet is put under anesthesia,” pethealthoxyfresh.com says. This is rather expensive. In the Philippines, teeth cleaning in vet clinics is at least P3,500.00. “That’s a lot of money for what could easily have been avoided in the first place!” pethealthoxyfresh.com says. 2. Get rid of bad breath. Plaque is packed with bacteria which causes bad breath. 3. Your dog will live longer. Keeping the teeth clean can add 2-5 years to a dog’s life and make his senior years happier. Removing plaque is the best protection against periodontal disease. How to remove plaque 1. Chewing on safe items
- Start at an early age. It is easier to train them while young. You can start doing this at eight weeks of age.
- Get your dog used to you putting something in his mouth or rubbing something in it BEFORE you start brushing his teeth. Dip your finger in food he likes like bone broth, then rub your finger on his gums.
- Brushing a dog’s teeth takes time and patience. Brush a few teeth for a few seconds every day, until the pup or dog gets used to you brushing all his teeth.
- Always praise your pet while brushing his teeth and stay calm. Your dog will also be nervous if he feels your anxiety.
- Choose the time of day when your dog is calm or relaxed, like after a vigorous play session or a long walk.
- Allow the dog to sniff or lick the toothbrush and the toothpaste (a little only) to make him used to the texture and taste of the items.
- Never stand above the dog as this will make him feel threatened. Kneel or sit right in front of him or to the side of your dog.
- Put some toothpaste on the brush, place a hand over the top of your dog’s muzzle, then gently lift the lips.
- Using the other hand, brush the teeth in a circular motion at a 45-degree angle. “Your dog can keep his jaws closed at this point; just focus on the outer surfaces of the teeth – this is where periodontal disease is most common. (Once your pet is used to tooth brushing, you can open the mouth and get the back teeth – about 5 seconds on each tooth is what you’ll aim for.)” says pethealthoxyfresh.com.
- Give him a treat after brushing his teeth even if the session did not go well. This will allow him to associate tooth brushing with something nice or positive.
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