Saturday, November 20, 2010

Why you should brush your dog's teeth

Liam the pug likes having his teeth brushed
I'm a do-it-yourself sort of person when it comes to my pets. If I can take care of them at home, I can spare them a stressful trip to the vet and I can spare myself the expense.

This is why I brush Liam's teeth.

Dental cleanings at veterinarian's offices can easily cost $200, and this procedure involves sedation. Putting an animal under sedation is always risky, and should be avoided, if at all possible.

While I know it's likely he will have to have a dental cleaning at the veterinarian's office at some point, brushing his teeth at home helps me reduce the number of times he'll have to have it done.

My expenses are few. I buy dog toothpaste. Liam thinks it tastes great, so he enjoys these sessions. And I have a specialized dog toothbrush that lets me get inside of his tiny mouth with ease.

With those tools, I could probably scrub every inch of Liam's mouth. But, I brush only the outside of his teeth. Brushing the inside of his teeth makes him gag, and plaque doesn't tend to build up there anyway.

I make the sessions quick (about a minute) and I give a treat for his cooperation.

If you're ready to get started, this web site provides a video and good instructions.

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