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Oral care for your dog

Cleaning your dog's teeth is just as important as having your own looked after. Providing good oral hygiene will improve the quality of his life and the sooner this is done the better. As they age, dogs will start to have plaque and tartar build-up on their teeth. Bad breath is one sign that this is happening and a visit to your veterinarian is suggested, so that he or she can diagnose your dog's oral health. Your veterinarian may want to clean your dog's teeth which requires anesthetic, not to mention high cost. Obviously, loose teeth, 'pockets' in the gum, severe gingivitis and other oral diseases require professional care. Depending on the condition, ask if you could clean them yourself.

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Home remedies are far less expensive, safer and enable you and your favorite companion to have more fun time together.

Dog toothpaste comes in different flavors and pet stores also offer dog toothbrushes. One is a regular kind, but if your dog has trouble accepting this, there is a finger toothbrush which may be tolerated more easily. It is suggested that you work up to brushing your dog's teeth slowly and gently over a period of a few days. Have him sit close by, relaxed, and put some toothpaste on your finger.

With the other hand, gently lift back the upper lip exposing all the teeth. Run your finger (with the toothpaste) from the back to the front of his mouth allowing him to lick the toothpaste. He will enjoy it and you can praise him for letting you do this. Repeat on the other side. Once you feel the time is right put some toothpaste on the brush and gently brush one or two teeth.

Stop, praise and start again. With repetition and praise you should be able to clean the whole mouth. Daily brushing is best, or as often as possible. If this procedure is too difficult for you or your dog, there are now gels and sprays that, when mixed with dog saliva, remove plaque and tartar build-up.

If your dog can remain still, using the spray will work well. If the noise is bothersome, put some gel on your finger, lift and pull back his upper lip with your other hand and quickly swipe along the teeth. Used consistently this will break down the tartar and soon your dog will have clean, white teeth and sweet breath again.


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