Just like you, your pet needs a clean mouth. Not only is it a good idea because it'll help curb that stinky doggy breath but also because it can keep your pet healthy.
February is National Pet Dental Health Month so head to the store, grab your pet a toothbrush and get brushing those pearly whites. I bought Gigi a combo pack (2 headed toothbrush & toothpaste) at Walmart for around $5.
It's important to brush your pets teeth several times a week but don't freak out if you haven't done so...today's a great day to start.
In addition to bad breath, poor oral health can lead to kidney and heart disease. The bacteria in the mouth can build up, entering the bloodstream via the gums. This puts extra work on the kidneys to filter out bacteria. And these bacteria can set up house in a dog’s heart valves, potentially leading to a condition called valvular endocarditis.
According to her previous owners, Gigi usually had her teeth brushed at the Vet but since we don't have that kind of moola, we do it at home. Don't worry if your pet is resistant at first, it takes a bit to get used to but will quickly become routine.
- Brush teeth daily.
- Squeezing canine tooth paste on your finger and putting it between their cheeks and gums will help get them used to the taste.
- As they lick the paste, praise them constantly.
- Keep initial brushing sessions to a few gentle seconds. Remember to always praise them as you brush.
- Once your dog is used to having his teeth brushed, do so for about a minute daily.
- Giving them a treat afterwards may help.
Other items and treats can help canine oral care, such as dental chews and rawhides which promote chewing and mechanically remove plaque.