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Brushing Your Dog's Teeth
October 1, 2020

Did you know that over 80 percent of dogs that are over the age of three have dental issues? Fido can develop many of the same issues as people can, including gum disease, infections, and abscesses. One of the best things you can do for your pooch is to brush his teeth. Of course, you’ll need to get Fido used to the process first. A local Wichita, KS vet offers some tips on how to do that below. 


Shopping 

You’ll need to make a run to the pet store. Fido will need a good toothbrush, one that is made specifically for dogs. You’ll also need to pick up some pet toothpaste. We recommend getting a flavored one. Your canine pal will be much happier about the idea of toothpaste if he likes the taste of it.


Training

Don’t expect to just start scrubbing Fido’s choppers out of the blue. You’ll need to get him used to the idea first. Start by just gently rubbing his teeth and gums. You’ll want to do this during cuddle sessions. Incorporate lots of praise, treats, and ear scritches. Next, incorporate some of that pet toothpaste, as well as more praise, treats, and ear scritches. The final stage is to start using a doggy toothbrush. 


Rotation

You don’t have to do Fido’s whole mouth every night. Just do one segment at a time, and keep rotating. Your furry friend will still benefit! 


Rewards

Don’t completely stop rewarding Fido once he’s been trained. Giving him a snack right after cleaning his teeth may sound counterproductive, but it’s actually not a bad idea. It’s important to make sure your pup is still on board with the idea!


Other Options

Brushing your dog’s teeth isn’t the only way to keep his choppers healthy. Dental-formula kibble, treats, and chews can be quite effective. Oral rinses and dental flakes can help as well. It’s also important to make sure Fido always has suitable chew toys. Ask your vet for more information.


Tips

Your canine buddy should have his teeth examined by a vet regularly. Between appointments, watch for signs of trouble, such as bad breath, tartar buildup, bleeding, swelling, and excessive drool. Call your vet immediately if you notice any of these red flags.


Please contact us if ever we can be of assistance. As your Wichita, KS vet clinic, we’re dedicated to offering great care. 


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