Woof Woof Wednesday - February is Pet Dental Month

As a loving pet owner, you do everything possible to keep your dog in tip-top shape, from feeding him the most nutritious food and treats to making sure he exercises daily and taking him to the veterinarian for preventative care. But are you paying enough attention to your dog's oral care? If not, it's time to change your ways!
Most dog owner's do not realize the importance of keeping their dog's teeth clean. It is of utmost importance to keep their pearly whites clean as well as plaque and tartar free. Aside from the fact that dental work on a canine is extremely expensive, it also has a direct effect on their heart health too! There are many preventative measures you can take in order to avoid long-term illnesses.
- Have your vet check your dog's oral health when going in for a regular check up.
- Check the food and treats you feed for any indications of helping fight plaque and tooth decay.
- Giving your dog dental treats are very beneficial because they will often get into grooves of their teeth that you are unable to get to with a toothbrush
Brushing 101

  • Choosing the correct brush is important, most stores sell either a large longer sized brush which is great for larger dogs and there are also small finger brushes that work great for smaller dogs and dogs who are more comfortable with having their owners poke into their mouth.
  • You want to make this a positive experience so that your dog becomes accustomed to having their teeth brushed and it is a routine to them. Using treats to reward them is really great and using positive words as you do so will also help.
  • For the first time, you can use the toothbrush only with no paste on it so that your dog has a chance to get used to having something in their mouth and having their teeth rubbed
  • Incorporate the toothpaste slowly, some stores even offer peanut butter and chicken flavored toothpaste which will help. You want to give your dog a taste of the toothpaste prior to inserting the brush with the paste into their mouth.

Happy Brushing!

FEBRUARY, 6 / 2018
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