FAQ: Should I Brush My Dog's Teeth?
As dog owners, we’re busy and we have a lot to remember when it comes to caring for our dogs. We remember to wash our dogs, walk them, brush their coat, and even clip their nails. But one thing we often forget to do is brush our dog’s teeth. Should you brush your dog’s teeth? The answer is yes! This aspect of grooming is just as important as the other areas of hygiene but many dog owners neglect it. If plaque is allowed to build up on your dog’s teeth, it can lead to problems like bad breath, decayed teeth or gum disease. Try these tips to start the habit of brushing your dog’s teeth. If you need someone else to take care of your pup’s grooming needs, bring them to the Canine Country Club of Arkansas in Roland near Little Rock. We offer a variety of grooming services for our guests. Contact us today to learn more!
●Get the Right Tools. There are toothbrushes and toothpastes made specifically for dogs. You can find them at pet stores or online and they’re shaped to help you clean the hard-to-reach teeth in your dog’s mouth. Make sure the toothpaste you’re using is safe for dogs. Human toothpaste can irritate their stomach so steer clear of the toothpaste you would use.
●Find the Right Time and Place. Find a time when you and your dog can be alone, without a bunch of people, children, or other dogs around. In addition, when you’re deciding where to brush your dog’s teeth, make sure you choose a room with plenty of light so you can see the teeth you need to reach.
●Start When They’re Young. If you have a puppy, start brushing their teeth early on so they can get used to it and can even come to expect it.
●Brush Gradually and Be Gentle. Don’t jump right into brushing away without giving your dog a chance to see what’s going on. Put toothpaste on your finger and let your dog sniff and lick it. Then try lifting your dog’s lips and touching his or her teeth with your finger. Next, do the same with the toothbrush. Try these gradual steps to get your dog comfortable and at ease. Then, do the actual brushing with toothpaste on the brush. Raise their lips and brush from the gum line to the tip of the tooth.
●Be Patient and Reward Them. Having their teeth brushed does not come natural to dogs. Frequently praise your dog, giving him or her a treat after each step and as they get more accustomed to it. Later, you can work on removing treats and just brushing, but it can help make it a positive experience for your pup the first several times.
With a little patience, your dog’s teeth will be cleaner in no time! When they get older and have healthy teeth and gums, they’ll thank you and you’ll love seeing that sweet smile of theirs. If you need a groomer to handle your dog’s grooming needs, contact us at the Canine Country Club of Arkansas. We offer dog boarding, daycare, training, and grooming here at our facility in Roland right outside of Little Rock, Arkansas. Request a reservation for your pup today!