By Susan Stockdale for Prittle Prattle News
The Comic Bark Adventures by Susan Stockdale – That Dog Breath – Why is it important to brush your K-9’s teeth? Well, basically for the same reasons you brush your own teeth.
It’s not just for the nice smelling breath or the pearly whites. If the mouth is unhealthy there may be a good chance that it will affect some other part of
the body, if it’s not already.
When teeth are not brushed, tartar can build up. “This can happen quicker in some dogs than others” this can lead to Periodontal Disease (Gum
Disease), Broken Teeth, Bad Breath, tooth Abscesses and more. Not to
mention the HUGE Veterinary bill when they do have to go in for a Dental procedure.
A poor kept mouth can be very painful and stinky. We don’t want our K-9’s to suffer because we don’t think about their mouth like we do our own.
Of course, the best time to start brushing their teeth is when they are Puppies so they can get used to it, but the older K-9’s can learn to tolerate it too.
“Trust me…I know, it takes a lot of work, patience and the biggie…trying to remember to do it”.
The key is to make it as stress free as possible, no need to restrain or be forceful, this will only scare our little K-9 buddies….And then good luck,
trust me, they’ll remember the bad experience!
Go slow and make sure it’s a yummy SAFE for K-9 Toothpaste. You may only get to brush a few teeth a day. This is fine, it’s a learning process for both of you! After time goes by they will become more tolerant of it or may even enjoy it. Just remember to be consistent, patient and reward them for their bravery…
Dexter Paul is a 4 year old Aussie/Lab Dog. Please follow Dexter Paul on Facebook.