Choose The Right Products
Use only products made specifically for dogs. Human toothbrushes aren’t angled right for cleaning Fido’s teeth, and our toothpaste can actually be dangerous for your pooch. To make the process a bit more fun for your furry pal, choose doggy toothpaste in flavors that will appeal to him, such as chicken or beef.
To get Fido used to having his teeth brushed, start out by handling his lips and mouth. Next, try rubbing his teeth and gums gently with a finger. Give him a treat afterwards to sweeten the deal. If he accepts this, you can move on to using a doggy toothbrush and toothpaste.
You don’t have to brush your furry friend’s entire mouth every day. Just do a few teeth at a time, and keep rotating. He’ll still benefit from the care!
When teaching your dog, well, anything, it’s always very important to reward good conduct. This will help your canine pal form positive associations with the desired behavior. End Fido’s toothbrushing sessions with a yummy snack, a belly rub, a fun game of Fetch, or a new toy.
If Fido fidgets and doesn’t want any part of having his teeth brushed, there are still some other things you can do to keep those choppers healthy. Dental-formula kibble and treats will help reduce and remove plaque and tartar. Proper chew toys can also help, as they stimulate the flow of saliva. Last but not least, be sure your pet always has plenty of fresh, clean water, so he doesn’t get dehydrated.
Does your dog need dental care? Please contact us, your local North Phoenix, AZ veterinary hospital, anytime!