According to Pawsitive Times, a newsletter for dog owners distributed by Pawsitive Fit, LLC, veterinarians are seeing an increase of severe dental problems in the canine community.
“To prevent oral disease, the number one health problem diagnosed in pets, it is essential to provide our dogs with good dental care, both professionally and at home,” said in the newsletter.
Pawsitive Times also featured this how-to list to provide adequate dental care at home by “brushing your canine’s canines”:
- Let your dog taste his or her toothpaste from your finger.
- Using your finger, rub the toothpaste on your dogs front teeth and gums.
- Apply some toothpaste to a dog-safe toothbrush (like this one from Nutri-Vet) and allow your dog to lick the bristles.
- After your dog is comfortable with the toothpaste and brush, lift the upper lip and place the brush at a 45 degree angle to the gum line. Brush back and forth in a gentle motion.
- Slowly increase the number of teeth brushed each session.
The article stressed getting your dog comfortable enough with each step may take up to a weeks time. Also, remember to praise and reward for a job well done.
For in between brushes or visits to the vet, there are a variety of dental chews and toys available to help maintain your dog’s dental health.