One area of pet grooming you might be overlooking
When it comes to pet grooming, many owners usually have the basics covered pretty well. In fact, we would make a bet that your home grooming routines look something like this - washing your dog on a regular basis, brushing their hair afterward and trimming their nails when they grow too long.
This is actually an effective grooming routine to get into, the only slight change we would make is to add one small task to it.
However before diving into what that addition is we’ve got a quick question for you. We would probably be right in thinking you take good care of your own teeth, brushing them first thing in the morning and again before you go to bed right? Others may even stretch to three times a day, or even after every meal!
However, when it comes to looking after their pets this is a step that many owners overlook. This isn’t putting the blame on anybody. There is a lot of contrasting information out there regarding dog’s dental health and what exactly you should do about it, which only helps to confuse the situation.
Fortunately, it is becoming scientifically clear that giving your dog a little helping hand when it comes to looking after their teeth will go a long long way in maintaining their overall levels of health and hygiene.
With this in mind, we’ve put together three quick tips to keep your dog’s teeth and gums in tip-top condition.
Find a dog toothpaste suitable for your pet
Finding the right product is vital in order to keep your dog’s oral hygiene to the levels they should be.
Luckily dog toothpastes are now extremely common and work wonders when it comes to cleaning your dog's teeth. Many dog kinds of toothpaste usually contain all natural ingredients and if possible these are the items we recommend.
By using organic products you can be sure that you are doing no lasting harm to your pet’s teeth or gums by avoiding unwanted ingredients such as alcohol as well as artificial preservatives and sweeteners.
Ensure you use the correct brushing technique
Ok, so you’ve purchased a specialist dog toothpaste, but what exactly do you do with it?
For owners who are new to grooming their pets at home, this is the important part and it is crucial you get this stage right if you want to improve your dog’s dental hygiene.
The last thing you want to do is more harm than good by brushing too furiously or failing to get into a regular routine that will not lead to any noticeable improvements in the care of your pet’s teeth and gums.
Luckily brushing your dog’s teeth is actually quite simple and you can actually use a very similar technique to the one you’ve been using to keep your teeth so clean all this time.
Start by brushing your dog’s teeth with an up and down motion from their upper gum to the lower gum line, working your way from one side of their mouth to the other. Once you feel your dog is comfortable enough you can also begin to clean the inner sides of their teeth as well to really leave them with that gorgeous grin.
Supplement grooming with healthy treats
Now, this isn’t directly related to grooming your pet but it can go a long way in improving your dog's dental care and is the part we’re sure your pet will be most grateful for!
Treats can be an excellent addition to your dog's dental hygiene routine for a number of reasons. Not only are they valuable for training purposes (such as training your dog to sit while you brush their teeth) but if chosen correctly, treats can also are also a great way to fight off plaque.
Not only are they perfect for helping keep your dog’s teeth in check but if they’re chewing on a treat it means your pet is also less likely to be causing mischief and chewing on something else they shouldn’t be!
Written by CleanerPaws