Monday, April 20, 2009

What is the best way to brush your dog's teeth?

My dog%26#039;s breath is really bad, but everytime I try to brush them, she runs off. Is there an easy way to do this?

What is the best way to brush your dog%26#039;s teeth?
sadly no...but they do have that good tasting (for dogs i mean) Dog toothpaste........
Reply:Get her in between your legs and just do it its what i do
Reply:Do you use the dog toothpaste? I have this kind that tastes like peanuts and my dog goes crazy about it, which helps.
Reply:Better diet, and a visit to your vet.

A good soup bone a week can prevent such problems.
Reply:Good for you for wanting to brush your dogs teeth!

To start to get your dog used to teeth brushing it is best to put toothpaste on your finger for a week or so and get the used to the routine of sitting (so much easier if you train your dogs to sit when brushing their teeth! The sooner you incourage/expect this behavior, the better!) and actually tasting the paste.

Once you feel as though your dog is fully comfortable with licking the paste off your finger (should not take long at all! You know they will pretty much lick anything!) move on to using your finger (with the toothpaste) to move around the front of her mouth. Even if you only get the front teeth or gums, that is fine. At this point you aren%26#039;t shooting for perfection, just getting her used to brushing step by step. I would do that for a week or so. Read her behavior/reaction... if she opens her mouth a little, don%26#039;t be afraid to push your finger around her back teeth.

After she is allowing your finger with the paste in her mouth without incident, it is a good idea to introduce the toothbrush! Yay! Put paste on the brush and wet it. Allow her to lick the paste off. At this point, don%26#039;t worry about actually brushing. If she takes the toothbrush into her mouth, great! Obviously, don%26#039;t let go :) Again, I would do this for a week or so!

Since she is on her way to allowing the brush into her mouth... each day start to brush little by little. Pretty soon she will be a pro! Just be patient and don%26#039;t give up!! Take signs from her... she will let you know if you are doing too much too fast.

One piece of advice... I discourage my pups from a young age from actually biting the brush. If possible, don%26#039;t let her bite it. Once she starts to clamp down or nibble on it, remove the brush and try again with more paste. Eventually, she will catch on that you do not desire biting.

Now my dogs race to the bathroom at night to brush their teeth!! The key is finding the right flavor of paste they like :) I would have to say, peanut butter is the most popular in my house!

NOTE: I should mention brushing your dogs teeth at this point will not remove much of the tartar at all. It will just not make the tartar worse. My best recommendation would be to bring her into the Vet for a good dental cleaning (they do this under sedation and usually costs about $160) and also ask them to laser the gums (usually an extra $20) to seal all the open pockets of the gums and laser off the tough tartar. THEN home brushing will prevent a build up (like she has now!!)

Hope this helps!! Let me know if you need more help!
Reply:Rope toys and funny shaped toys with knobby bits (if you know what I mean!!!) are great at cleaning teeth naturally. Feeding her dry food is also good.
Reply:dont use human toothepaste in a dogs mouth, it is NOT good for them. ask your vet about doggy toothepaste and a doggy toothebrush. or go to a pet store and find it
Reply:I would take your dog in to make sure there is no infection in his mouth or any build up on his teeth.

I also agree with the soup bone. My dog gets one every day from the butcher shop, and her teeth are amazing. But I think a vet visit is in order first.
Reply:There are a couple great products that don%26#039;t require brushing, though it%26#039;s always best to try. If you can%26#039;t do it with a doggy toothbrush you can try guaze pads because they%26#039;re usually much softer. They also make toothwipes in a dispenser like baby wipes. But the products that don%26#039;t require brushing are usually put in their food or water. Look here:
Reply:You can get toothpaste specially flavoured for the dog e.g my dog loves chicken and we have poultry flavoured. First let the dog lick it and then if she doesnt like it then the odds are she wont like it in her teeth getting brushed with it so find one she will like.

Sometimes it will be easier with 2 people so one person to keep the mouth open while the other brushes but if you still cant do it then take her to a grooming place or vets as they should be able to do it for you.
Reply:You can get meat flavored toothpaste and a fingerbrush specifically for dogs. Also a helper to hold the dog while you brush until the dog gets used to you would be a good idea. You can also feed him charcoal dog cookies that seem to help with bad breath.
Reply:What about those Denta bone things? (Chewy snacks that clean their teeth). Also if her breath is just recently very stinky there maybe something wrong, you need to take her to a vet in that case.
Reply:You don%26#039;t have to do anything other then feed your dog RMB. It%26#039;s best if you feed a full RAW (prey model is what I feed) diet.

RMBs are nature%26#039;s tooth brush.

Edit: Seems people don%26#039;t believe me... ah well. But it has worked wonderfully for both our cats and the husky we help care for. Only the cats are on full Raw, and the dog is partial. Either way, they are totally tartar free. Unlike before eating RMB...
Reply:Does she have tartar on her teeth if she does you need to start with a dental at your Vet office. Could be an infection in there, that might need antibiotics. Then try to brush her teeth it isnt easy but stick with it.
Reply:You can buy chew bones that clean your dogs teeth. For my dog we bought this liquid that you put in the water. Just a few drops. It smells like mint and gives your dog cleaner breath.
Reply:I%26#039;ve heard of a product that works great to keep dogs%26#039; breath un-nasty. :) I think it%26#039;s called %26#039;Dental Fresh%26#039; %26amp; I%26#039;ve seen it before at Petco. You put a tiny bit into their water bowl (they don%26#039;t even notice or care) but after using it for a while, it really starts to work! Hope this helps.
Reply:get and old toothbrush that noones using let it sit in acup of bleach for 3 minits and then wash it off in the sink and get some toothpaste a tiny tiny bit %26amp;then use circulor motions to brush her teeth and you have to hold her down or put her on a leash %26amp;hold her leash.
Reply:When I brush my doxies teeth we have to have two people. One to hold her and one to brush. Just remember to be gentle. Also if you have a small dog I would recommend a finger bush it make it a lot easier.
Reply:I started when ours was a puppy, So she would get used to it. But First, I use seafood flavored dog toothpaste. I usally stand over the dog with the dog inbettween my legs, almost sitting on her. Lol. =] I let the her smell it and then lift her mouth and brush the front teeth. If the dog gets annoyed I usally let it chew on the brush to get something off the back teeth. =]

Hope I helped!
Reply:This is abbreviated from Pet First Healthcare, if you want more detail follow my source :

1. Start with a healthy, comfortable mouth by having your veterinarian perform a dental cleaning.

2. Start slowly by letting your pet become comfortable with you working inside their mouth with your finger.

3. Pull his lip up to rub the outside of the teeth and gums.

4. Pull his head back gently to encourage him to open his mouth so you can clean the inside of his teeth.

5. After your dog or cat becomes comfortable with your finger, place gauze over your finger and rub their teeth in a circular motion.

7. When your pet can handle the gauze, introduce a toothbrush during the next brushing session.

8. Apply the bristles at a 45 degree angle to the surface of the tooth. Using small, circular motions, brush around the outside of the teeth ensuring the bristles get under the gumline.

9. Gradually add toothpaste designed for dogs or cats. Do not use people toothpaste or baking soda as both can upset your pet%26#039;s stomach.

10. Place your hand over your pet%26#039;s muzzle gently squeezing from the top.

11. Help keep your pet calm by praising your pet, speaking reassuringly and keeping the brushing sessions short.

-Remember, you will not always have a perfect teeth brushing session, but it%26#039;s important to be consistent and keep trying.

-Hard food and teeth cleaning biscuits can help keep your pet%26#039;s mouth clean in between brushings.

-You should also be sure to regularly examine your pet%26#039;s mouth for signs of periodontal disease. Brownish teeth, consistently bad breath, swollen or bleeding gums and pus between the teeth and gums are all warning signs. If your dog or cat has these symptoms, consult your veterinarian.

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