If you do a raw diet, you supposedly do not have to brush teeth, because the bone grinding does it. To brush a dogs teeth, buy dog tooth paste and a soft brush (they sell them for dogs) It is recommended that you start by getting the dog used to your finger massaging the gums. After a while use one of those little finger cot tooth brushes. After your dog is used to that, move on to the brush. Kelly
head to a pet supply and pick up a dog brush with dog toothpaste. Commit to doing it at least 2 times a week and make it as pleasant as possible. Luckily dogs like the taste of the toothpaste, so hopefully it wont be an ordeal.
mine love the dog toothpaste, beef flavor. i use those red finger things to brush their teeth, they are right where the pet toothbrushes are. i put one on my index and middle finger. i kept poking them so much with the toothbrush i went to this. i brush the outside of their teeth then have to put more toothpaste on for the inside because they lick all the toothpaste off. they don't mind it at all.
Thanks! I will buy a bruch and some toothpaste this weekend. I learn something new off this site everytime....I have read about brushing their teeth but didn't know it had to be twice a week....I was thinking I would get it professionally done one a year..... I feel pretty stupid now after I found out TWICE a week!!! But if I knew everything, I wouldn't learn anything.
I brush my puppy's teeth every day. First off, buy a toothpaste intended for dogs. If you can, buy a brush that has a small end and a large end, but a soft-bristled child's brush will suffice. First, let yuor dog taste the toothpaste. Since dogs don't like their mouths prodded at, for a few days, wrap gauze around your finger and rub the inside and all of the teeth. Once you're reasy for the brush, gently part the lips. Brush the gums and front and back of the front, showing teeth. Then open the mouth and use the smaller end to bush the molars, top, back, front, and gums, being sure not to bump up against the back of the gums and jaw. Use this time to check for bad berath and abnormalities. If your dog is past training age, it's not really advisable to start brushing now, but with younger dogs and puppies, start right away so that they can get used to the feeling of having their mouths poked at.
Its never too late to start brushing your dogs teeth - I think most dogs seem to do best if you start with a finger brush (a soft-bristled rubber brush that fits over your finger) I think you can even find them at Wal-Mart, but C.E.T. makes them too. I like the C.E.T. toothpastes myself - it really makes a difference. Most dogs seem to prefer the malt or poultry flavor -
i purchased a doggie toothbrush and poultry flavored tooth paste at pet smart. they really seem to like it. i let them taste it off the brush first and then start brushing, about 2 times a week and keeps the plaque and tarter down, along with marrow bones and greenie chews.