How to Brush Your Dog’s Teeth
Did you know that February is the National Pet Dental Health month?
How much do you know your pet’s teeth? It might not be the most attractive of jobs, however cleaning your pet’s teeth frequently plays a huge role in maintaining him healthy. The majority of people who ignore the task do so just because they don’t know where to start.
So here, in honor of National Pet Dental Health Month, are a few easy-to-follow steps for brushing your pet’s teeth:
1. Brush up on brush styles. Head to your local pet supply store and there you should find toothbrushes specially designed for dogs as well as finger brushes that might be easier for you to maneuver.
2. Be picky about paste. Did you know that there are pet toothpaste in flavors like chicken, liver and even peanut butter? Sounds gross… But trust us, your pet will be much more willing to oblige in case you’ve got her favorite flavor on the brush.
3. Start early and slowly. The faster you help your pet get used to teeth brushing, the better this will go for everybody. The ASPCA website has step-by-step instructions for handling a dog’s mouth and introducing a toothbrush.
4. Make it rewarding. It’s improbable that your pet will ever actually love teeth brushing, however you can make the entire experience much more enjoyable for him by doling out the treats when he sits, whenever he lets you handle his muzzle, and all through the brushing process.
5. Make it a habit. Now that you and your pet have made it through one round of tooth brushing, make it a point to make it take place more regularly. The American Veterinary Medical Association suggests daily brushing of your dog’s teeth. In case you cannot make that happen, at least aim for several times a week.
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