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Oral hygiene tips for your dog

Your dog needs his teeth cleaned and needs you to do it for him. It would be best to start as soon as possible, preferably when he's a puppy. After about three years you will notice the molars becoming discolored. This is plaque and tartar-build up. Food gets caught in between the teeth and over time harmful bacteria will develop. When this is neglected, major problems will occur. Gingivitis is the most common oral disease, particularly of older dogs. Smelly breath is a sure sign of bacteria growth and at this stage you should pay a visit to your veterinarian. He or she will diagnose your dog's oral health. If you have left it too late, loose teeth and 'pockets' where bacteria thrives would need professional periodontal cleaning, although this requires anesthetic and may not be the best idea for your dog, let alone the exorbitant cost. Ask if you could clean your dog's teeth yourself at home.

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Home remedies will enable you both to have fun time and is far safer and less expensive. Nowadays there is no need for your dog to suffer with oral disease, or any other kind for that matter. Medical teams have made leaps and bounds with remedies and treatments offered, not to mention a plethora of vitamins and mineral supplements for your dog's well being, nutritious 'chews', toothpaste, gels and sprays ,which most pet stores now carry.

Dog toothpaste comes in a variety of flavors and you can either use a regular toothbrush, a special dog toothbrush, or a finger-brush. The finger-brush may be tolerated more easily by your dog. Human toothpaste should never be used. Dogs cannot spit and the ingredients are not good to swallow. To begin, sitting close at eye level is usually more comfortable. Put a small amount of toothpaste on a finger. With a couple of finger of your other hand gently lift and pull back his upper lip exposing all the teeth. Quickly swipe all the way along starting with the molars at the back. Allow him to lick the paste and praise him. When he is relaxed repeat this on the lower lip.

Again, praise him and wait a while before doing the same thing on the other side. Always be patient and playful. If you have an older dog this may take a few days. When you feel the time is right, introduce the toothbrush. Brush in a circular motion and stop often to let your dog relax and lick the paste. Sometimes the dog will balk and refuse the brush.

Don't be insistent but continue another day with either your finger again or maybe try a finger-brush. Once you are able to brush your dog's teeth it is a good idea to make it a habit every evening, or at least 3-4 times a week. As well as toothpaste there are also gels and sprays. These, mixed with saliva continue to break down the plaque and so cleaning last thing at night is advisable. Remove his water-dish beforehand and replace it first thing in the morning.


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