Welcome to February which is also known as Pet Dental Health Month. I’m just wondering how many of my friends out there actually brush their dog’s teeth? There are three things Mom and I are really passionate about with us dogs – exercise, seat belts, and dental health. Food and bones are not enough to keep your teeth in good shape. For our dental regimen we have special toothpaste for dogs, a special dog toothbrush, and a regular toothbrush. Being as it is dental health month, I have several posts planned with tips on keeping your pup’s teeth in good shape.
We are a teeth brushing family. Can you imagine as a human never brushing your teeth? Starting the day we move in with Mom, we make teeth brushing a part of our bedtime routine. I know most humans claim their dog won’t do it, doesn’t like it, etc., but we don’t buy it. Mom has also started brushing teeth with older dogs and all it takes is a nice flavored toothpaste for dogs and some patience which means it may take a few weeks, but keep trying. Start with your finger rubbing your dog’s gums. When your dogs adjusts to your finger, add some toothpaste to your finger and massage. Once the toothpaste on the finger is accepted, add in the toothbrush. Try to do it daily at the same time so it becomes part of the dog’s routine. We go out one last time, get naked (collars off), brush teeth, and then off to bed. We love it and wait for it.
Look at my shiny, white, smiley teeth! Mom couldn’t get a shot of the other ones because I kept closing my mouth, but they are looking mighty white as well. I’m eight, Katie is twelve, Bailie is one and we all have great teeth according to our vet. Katie has some staining, but other than that our teeth are in great shape and have never had to be professionally cleaned. Dental health is very important and not only for a dog’s teeth and gums. Dental issues left untreated can lead to other health problems as well. What are you waiting for? Start brushing your dog’s teeth today, it is never too late!