A dog is similar to a human in that their teeth need to be brushed periodically. But a lot of pet owners do not brush their dog's teeth as often as they should if at all. Not brushing a dog's teeth can lead to bad health problems. There is a right procedure and a wrong procedure to brush a puppy's teeth. Here is how to brush your puppy's teeth so they will look forward to it every time.
They get food particles stuck in between their teeth and along their gum line, just like humans when dogs eat. Just like humans, d og's are vulnerable to many of the same improper mouth hygiene problems. Their teeth need to be brushed regularly or else there will be a build of plaque which can lead to gingivitis, cavities and other teeth problems. If they are not as it should be taken cared for, dogs can get tooth aches and even lose teeth prematurely. A dog that has teeth problems will not eat properly and that will affect its health, disposition and demeanor.
When is the Best Tine to Start Brushing My Puppy's Teeth?
At about the age of eight weeks is a heir teeth need to be brushed regularly. The earlier in life you can start the better so a healthy habit is established. It will be much simpler to instruct a dog and get them used to teeth brushing as a puppy than when they get older. However it is something you do not want to rush into. You must start the process slowly so they get used to it and are not afraid.
How to Introduce Teeth Brushing to Your Puppy acceptably
Brushing your puppy's teeth will foreign to them at first. But if you introduce it the right way, you should have no problems.
First you need to get the suitable tooth paste. You absolutely need to use toothpaste that is made for dogs. Many of these have meat flavors that dogs love and work very well for cleaning teeth. Under no circumstance should you ever brush a dog's teeth with human tooth paste. It can damage their teeth and most dogs will resist the minty flavor of human tooth paste.
initiate by putting a small amount of dog toothpaste on your finger. Let your puppy smell and lick the toothpaste. Sometimes you may have to experiment to make sure they like the flavor. Once you have found one they like, you are on your way.
For a couple of days just let them smell and lick the paste so they get to remember the flavor. Then begin putting a small dab up to their lips. Do this for a couple of days.
Now you want to put a small amount of the tooth paste in just the front of the puppy's mouth. Make a loud, penetrating noise that will tell your dog nipping is not acceptable behavior if it nips at you.
After doing just this for a couple of days now you are ready to put the toothpaste on a finger and touch just the front teeth with it. Let your dog lick it all off and enjoy it. After a day or so of this you are ready to spread the tooth paste on the front and back teeth, just enough so they get the flavor all throughout their mouth.
As you can see this is a slow and gradual process that can take a couple of weeks. But if you are patient and calm and reassuring to your pet it will pay off for you in big ways. It will save you lots in veterinarian bills down the road if you can just brush your own dog's teeth.
Now it will be time to introduce the tooth brush. Make it certain you have purchased a tooth brush that is designed for your dog breed. At first, put a small dab of the tooth paste on the brush and let your dog smell and lick it off. Do this for a couple of days.
After your pet has become familiar with the tooth brush you are ready to use it. For the first few days only brush the front teeth. The first few times make it quick (5-10 seconds). Gradually increase the time you have the tooth brush in the mouth. Maybe one day just brush the back teeth and the next time brush just the front, mix it up.
You do not want to brush anymore than a minute at a time or else your puppy will not look forward to the event.
How Often Should I Brush My Puppy's Teeth?
The correct answer is as often as you can. You should brush your puppy's teeth daily if possible. If that is not possible it should be done no less than twice per week for the best hygiene care.
Be sure to change their tooth brush often, as soon as it looks like it is getting rough or worn down.
Finally, the health and well being of our new puppy should be a top concern. Puppies get sick, contract illness and become injured just like people. Their care can be expensive, unless you have pet insurance.