Dogs sometimes suffer from oral diseases. They can be just as serious and painful as people's. Although compared to humans, teeth in dogs hurt much less often, as they rarely eat sweets. But this does not mean that dogs do not need to brush their teeth. In addition to dental diseases, care must be taken so that the dog does not have gum disease and bad breath.
Diseases of the gums cause severe pain in dogs and can lead to tooth loss. Poor oral hygiene can cause heart disease and kidney problems. Your task is to take care of your dog's teeth, so start cleaning them as soon as possible. It will take a while, but it will help to save the dog from toothache.
You need to learn how to properly brush your teeth to a dog, for this, start small. Very often dogs do not like it when they put their hands in their mouths, even if the master does it. Accustom your pet to the toothbrush gradually, daily increasing the duration of manipulation.
Step # 1 - Try first dipping your hand into something tasty, for example, in a fragrant meat broth, so that a delicious smell remains, and after that start to accustom the dog to the fact that your hands in her mouth are not scary.
Step # 2 - Let the dog lick your fingers and hands. Repeat this procedure several times a day to get your pet accustomed to a new taste and the fact that your hands can be in the mouth of the dog. Teach him not to bite his fingers.
Step # 3 - While the dog licks your fingers, massage her gums to make her accustomed to this. Then take a piece of gauze, dab it in the broth, and wipe the gums and teeth. After the dog gets used to gauze, you can start using a toothbrush or a special sponge. A toothbrush for a dog should be chosen with a soft bristle to avoid damaging the gums.
Step # 4 - After the dog gets used to the toothbrush, you should start using a special toothpaste for pets with the aroma of meat or other tasty smell for the dog. To taste of a tooth-paste the dog can be accustomed, if first to put it on gums, then to allow to slip a paste from a brush. If your pet reacts to the brush and paste positively, praise it, and repeat this process for several days.
Step # 5 - Make it clear to the dog that brushing your teeth is nice, go to this lesson as a game. More often praise your pet. As soon as he calmly reacts to the brush, start brushing his teeth. First, brush two teeth at a time, several times going back to cleaning again at regular intervals.
Step # 6 - As soon as the dog gets used to brushing your teeth, you can brush your teeth in one approach. Do so that the dog likes, when you are with her, turn brushing your teeth into a fun game. If you do it right, it will not cause resistance from your pet.