Brushing Your Dog’s Teeth

Brushing Your Dog’s Teeth

Does your pooch have bad breath? If so, he’s certainly not the only one. Dogs have many wonderful traits, but minty-fresh breath isn’t one of them. Doggy dental care is very important! We recommend having your pup’s teeth checked every year. Home care is also crucial. In this article from Arapahoe Animal Hospital, your Boulder, CO vet, serving Louisville and surrounding areas, a local vet discusses brushing Fido’s teeth.

Products

You’ll need to get some doggy dental products. Never use toothbrushes or toothpastes that were made for humans on Fido. Pet toothbrushes are angled specifically to fit dogs’ mouths. Also, the toothpastes we use may be toxic to dogs. When picking toothpaste, choose a yummy flavor, like beef or chicken, to make it more fun for your pup.

Training

Fido will need time to get used to the idea of having his choppers brushed, so you’ll want to start slow. At first, just rub your pet’s teeth and gums with your finger. Immediately offer your furry pal praise and treats, so he forms a good association with having his teeth handled. The next step is to put some doggy toothpaste on your finger. (We know, this is a little icky, but it’s only for training.) Once your canine buddy has accepted this, you can start using a doggy toothbrush.

Moving Forward

You don’t have to brush Fido’s entire mouth every day. Just do one section a day, and keep rotating. Your pooch will still benefit!

Alternatives

What if Fido won’t sit still long enough for you to brush his teeth? There are still a few things you can do. Dental-formula kibble, treats, and chews are made to fight plaque and tartar. They’re also much more popular with our canine pals! (Tip: try putting doggy toothpaste on a dental chew stick.) It’s also important to make sure that your furry buddy always has plenty of fresh water, as well as lots of suitable chew toys.

Tips

Keep a close eye out for signs of doggy dental woes. Some common ones are bad breath; excessive, bloody, or ropy drool; visible swelling or tartar buildup; reduced interest in play; lack of appetite; and grumpiness. Contact your vet immediately if you notice any of these symptoms.

Do you know or suspect that your pet has dental issues? Call Arapahoe Animal Hospital, your Boulder, CO vet, serving Louisville and surrounding areas!

Website Designed & Developed byΒ DVMelite | All Rights Reserved | Login

Facebook

Twitter

Instagram

Follow Me on Instagram
  • Goodnight! πŸ˜΄πŸ’™

    arapahoeanimalhospital: "Goodnight! πŸ˜΄πŸ’™"
    42
    5
  • It's FRI-YAY! Find your bestie and celebrate! Rocky & Emma are ready for the weekend! πŸΆπŸŽ‰

    arapahoeanimalhospital: "It's FRI-YAY! Find your bestie and celebrate! Rocky & Emma are ready for the weekend! πŸΆπŸŽ‰"
    30
    5
  • BUT FIRST, SLEEP! πŸ˜΄πŸ’™

    arapahoeanimalhospital: "BUT FIRST, SLEEP! πŸ˜΄πŸ’™"
    50
    6
  • Tallulah passed out in the lobby before her appointment even began. Going to the vet is hard work! 😴❀️

    arapahoeanimalhospital: "Tallulah passed out in the lobby before her appointment even began. Going to the vet is hard work! 😴❀️"
    37
    5
  • Have you heard of Laser Therapy? . Laser Therapy is a non-invasive treatment option that reduces pain and inflammation while speeding up the healing process. . Collette, our June Doggle of the Month, is an almost 17-year-old Toy Poodle who has been seeing Kim, our Laser Therapist, regularly for years for treatment of her left stifle (knee). Laser Therapy helps to control pain and reduces limping caused by a luxating patella (a condition in which the patella (or kneecap) dislocates or moves out of its normal location. . Want to learn more about Laser Therapy and its benefits? Call us today! ❀️

    arapahoeanimalhospital: "Have you heard of Laser Therapy?
.
Laser Therapy is a non-invasive treatment option that reduces pain and inflammation while speeding up the healing process.
.
Collette, our June Doggle of the Month, is an almost 17-year-old Toy Poodle who has been seeing Kim, our Laser Therapist, regularly for years for treatment of her left stifle (knee). Laser Therapy helps to control pain and reduces limping caused by a luxating patella (a condition in which the patella (or kneecap) dislocates or moves out of its normal location.
.
Want to learn more about Laser Therapy and its benefits? Call us today! ❀️"
    44
    5
  • What's your pet's favorite Sunday hobby? Daisy loves napping! πŸ˜΄πŸ’œ

    arapahoeanimalhospital: "What's your pet's favorite Sunday hobby? Daisy loves napping! πŸ˜΄πŸ’œ"
    23
    2
  • Happy Fourth of July! Please don't forget this can be a very stressful time for our pets. We can help them feel safe by keeping them indoors in a quiet place. Have a safe and fun holiday! πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡Έ

    arapahoeanimalhospital: "Happy Fourth of July! Please don't forget this can be a very stressful time for our pets. We can help them feel safe by keeping them indoors in a quiet place. Have a safe and fun holiday! πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡Έ"
    35
    1
  • Please don't forget July 4th can be a very scary time for our four-legged friends. Reduce the stress for your pet(s) by keeping them indoors in a quiet place. If you have any questions or concerns, please give us a call! ❀️

    arapahoeanimalhospital: "Please don't forget July 4th can be a very scary time for our four-legged friends. Reduce the stress for your pet(s) by keeping them indoors in a quiet place. If you have any questions or concerns, please give us a call! ❀️"
    24
    1
  • Ranger, our June Doggie Day Care Dog of the Month has been said to be wise beyond his years. This little pup is just 5 months old, but it often feels like he's going on 15. He loves to keep watch in the play yards, taking care of the other pups and organizing the playgroups. Arapahoe wouldn't be the same without this little Day Care Sheriff! πŸ’™

    arapahoeanimalhospital: "Ranger, our June Doggie Day Care Dog of the Month has been said to be wise beyond his years. This little pup is just 5 months old, but it often feels like he's going on 15. He loves to keep watch in the play yards, taking care of the other pups and organizing the playgroups. Arapahoe wouldn't be the same without this little Day Care Sheriff! πŸ’™"
    37
    2
  • This cutie gives "pocket pet" a whole new meaning... 😍 . . . #pocketpet #puppylove #cutie #love #puppiesofinstagram #dogsofinstagram #cuddles #goldenpuppy #goldenretriever #goldensofinstagram #boulderdogboarding #dogboarding #veterinaryhospital #bouldervets #boulder #colorado #arapahoeanimalhospital

    arapahoeanimalhospital: "This cutie gives "pocket pet" a whole new meaning... 😍
.
.
.
#pocketpet #puppylove #cutie #love #puppiesofinstagram #dogsofinstagram #cuddles #goldenpuppy #goldenretriever #goldensofinstagram #boulderdogboarding #dogboarding #veterinaryhospital #bouldervets #boulder #colorado #arapahoeanimalhospital"
    54
    6