Brushing Dogs Teeth

Brushing Dogs Teeth

IMG_6419_Snapseed1Ok, so here is the one thing I am not super fond of doing because LaVerne is not super fond of receiving – brushing those pearly whites!  I don’t do as often as I should (every day) but I try to every one or two weeks at most.  Keeping her teeth clean, not only saves a bunch of money at the doggie dentist (which can cost approx. $500 for a professional cleaning!), but also prevents infections caused by bacteria that can travel into her blood stream and affect her heart, kidneys and liver, causing major health problems and even death! 

When it comes to the actual brushing, I have found that the more consistent I am the more LaVerne has gotten used to regular brushings.  Now, I have tried some fancy brushes and finger rubber brushes, but I have found that using a clean washcloth actually works best on my dogs.  

The washcloth technique seems to be a little gentler on their small teeth than brushes, and for some reason LaVerne doesn’t find it as scary! I also know it feels good for her to have her teeth and gums massaged in this way. Who wouldn’t for heaven sake?

I use ORGANIC, COLD PRESSED, RAW SESAME SEED OIL from youthingstrategies.com (it’s ingestible and good for pulling toxins from the teeth, gums, and body. I swish some in my own mouth as well (called OIL PULLING). There are also Pet Dental pet toothpastes available. I always let LaVerne lick a little of the doggie toothpaste or oil (never use human paste – fluoride is poisonous to dogs) off my finger before we start to get her used to it. Then I proceed by lifting up her lip. I put the washcloth around my index finger and gently rub in small circular motions.  If she gets impatient (which my girlie does!), I give her a break for a few seconds and gently tell her how great she is doing. Then I start again. 

You can also give her a tiny treat so she knows she is getting rewarded for her good behavior. I would guess this is probably the one thing, as dog owners, we sometimes slack on.  However just remember, it’s not only important to have pearly whites and ‘fresh’ breath, it is so important to the overall health and wellbeing of your dog!!

Brushing Dogs teeth

I love getting a great teeth and gum massage

 Brushing Dogs TeethBrushing Dogs TeethHappy girl, clean teeth and gums!

LOVE AND RESPECT ANIMALS!

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