Dog Video – How to Brush Your Dog’s Teeth

February is dog dental awareness month in the United States; a few months ago I explained how to brush your dog’s teeth, and how to select dental products for your dog.

It’s often easier to see how to do things rather than read about them so today I’ve posted a video in which Stanley Coren shows you how to get your dog used to having his teeth brushed – the key is to take it in small steps and have some great tasting toothpaste to hand!

At the end of the video Stanley Coren says you only need to brush your dog’s teeth once or twice a week in order to keep his teeth healthy. Whilst this is better than not brushing at all, ideally you should aim for a daily brushing to remove the plaque and remove the risk of your dog suffering periodontal disease.

Dog Dental Care – What’s in your dental care kit?

dogs-toothbrushThere is a huge array of products to put in your [tag-tec]dog dental care[/tag-tec] kit, and it’s easy to buy more than you need. What I’ve done today is summarize the different products available and when you could consider using them.

Dog dental care products are relatively inexpensive so it’s worth trying a few of them to see what you find the easiest to use and your dog is most comfortable with.

Here’s a summary of the products available:

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Meet America’s Most Smoochable Pooch

black-pug4.9 million votes were cast in Del Monte’s competition to find America’s Most Smoochable Pooch to promote its new food product ‘Kibbles ‘n Bits Brushing Bites’.

After an eight month search, a black pug called Annabelle was voted the most smoochable pooch. Each State had a winner – click here to see them all.

Del Monte states that its product assists with [tag-tec]dog dental care[/tag-tec] because it cleans your dog’s teeth and freshens his breath at every meal thereby making him that much more smoochable!

Whilst some foods can assist with the removal of [tag]plaque[/tag] from teeth, nothing beats a [tag]dental care program[/tag] to keep your dog’s teeth healthy and his breath smelling sweet.

How to Clean Your Dog’s Teeth

brushing-dogs-teethIdeally you should be cleaning your dog’s teeth on a daily basis, and at least every other day, in order to remove the plaque and prevent a build up of tartar on his teeth.

You will need to introduce tooth brushing gradually; deciding one day that your dog will have his cleaned and putting a toothbrush smeared with toothpaste into his mouth and start brushing is likely to leave you very frustrated, and you dog will be put him off for life!

I made the mistake of trying to do it too quickly, and had to start over again with the steps I outline below.

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Dog Dental Disease – starting a dental care program

dog-teeth-1Yesterday I mentioned how important it was to look after your [tag-ice]dog’s teeth [/tag-ice] and that a dental care program is essential in order to prevent dental disease – click here to read the post.

Dental disease is progressive, your dog won’t just have [tag]tartar[/tag] on his teeth, he will have tartar that progresses to [tag]periodontal disease[/tag]. Each progression of the disease will be more painful for your dog and more costly to treat, so starting regular dental care makes sense.

There are two parts to a dental care program – regular veterinary check-ups and home dental care.

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Dental Disease – why a dental care program is essential for your dog

brushing-teethHow often do you clean your teeth – I bet it’s at least once every day? Remember how awful it feels in the morning when you’ve forgotten to brush your teeth the night before – your teeth are coated in that horrid furry stuff and you’re paranoid your breath smells!

How often do you clean your dog’s teeth? Now, imagine how he feels every day.

Seriously, looking after your dog’s teeth is a very important part of your dog care regime. Studies have shown that by the time they are 3, 80% of dogs show signs of gum disease.

Dogs usually suffer in silence, so the symptoms to watch out for include:
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Does Your Dog Smell – maybe he’s telling you something

wet-dogOne of the good things about owning Schnauzers is that they don’t have that doggy smell that many other breeds, particularly long haired ones, tend to have.

Our first family dog was a Bearded Collie who loved swimming in the sea every day, and she continually smelt like a piece of wet carpet. Though I loved her dearly for it, my Mother wasn’t too happy about the smell and spent a great deal of time squirting air freshener around the house!

We tend to associate a smelly dog with one that has either rolled in something unpleasant or been out in the rain for too long, but it could be a sign that you dog is ill or has a personal hygiene problem that needs attending to.

In his article Why Dogs Stink, small town country veterinarian (his own words) Dr. Everett Mobley covers some of the serious reasons why your dog might smell, and provides a more practical approach to dealing with the problem than just reaching for the air freshener.