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The Daily Spike: Tips for brushing the teeth of your dog

Just look at that pearly white teeth.
(Jennifer Williams/Dog)

Who doesn’t love puppy breath? It is a very unique scent that can only come from a cute little ball of fur. But as pups get older, that scent can change downright stinky if you don’t brush your dog’s teeth well.

Canine dental hygiene is very important, not only this of the month that happen to be National Pet Dental Month — but always. Just like with humans, regular brushing can keep your dog’s breath clean and prevent gum disease and tooth decay. And it will hopefully keep your vet bills down.

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With Spike, I brush his teeth at least once per week use of a special toothpaste that he loves. It tastes like chicken.

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And apart from the adding of the chicken flavor, Dog for Independence also has a number of tips for brushing your dog’s teeth:

  • Ideally, a dog’s teeth should be brushed a minimum of once per week, but it is good to brush every day! Regular brushing can reduce the need for dental cleanings at the vet, that will require anesthesia.
  • Use toothpaste especially for dogs has been approved by a veterinarian. These enzymatic and continue to work after brushing. Human toothpaste is unsafe for dogs.
  • Make sure that the toothpaste tastes good. Spike loves his chicken-flavored toothpaste, but there are many other delicious flavors. Let them have a taste of the first, without the toothbrush. I put some on my finger and let him try it out first.
  • It is best if you have your dog in the cradling position, where your dog is on his back on your lap. It is good for them, they can not squirm away, and you can also get a belly rub in the process.
  • The most plaque buildup occurs on the outside of the back teeth, so make sure that if you use the brush.
  • There are special dog toothbrushes, but it is OK to take a human grade toothbrush as easier. Do not forget to rinse the toothbrush after each use to remove excess bacteria and paste.
  • If something does not look right, or if you think a tooth is damaged or infected, visit your vet.

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Brushing can actually be great fun, both for the owners and their dogs — and, as demonstrated above, it is also very Instagrammable. Good luck!!!

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