Sit Means Sit Dog Training is using National Pet Dental Health Month to remind dog owners to keep their four-legged friend’s mouth clean. Not brushing your dog’s teeth can have significant impacts on their health beyond bad breath.
Jessica Palmer, Executive Trainer for Sit Means Sit Dog Training, said, “Plaque can go to their kidneys, liver, heart muscles. So you want to make sure you’re taking care of their teeth. “
It is recommended you brush your dog’s teeth at least once a day but if you do not have the time, brushing two to three times a week will work too.
The first step in brushing your dog’s teeth is finding a toothpaste your dog likes. Using a finger tooth brush or doggy tooth brush, start by letting the dog lick the toothpaste off your finger (or toothbrush).
Once your dog is comfortable with getting it’s teeth brushed and enjoys it you can get further into the dog’s mouth reaching it’s back teeth.
Dog toothpaste is enzyme based so there is no need to scrub hard when brushing.
Another tip to successfully brushing your dog’s teeth is to keep them elevated. It distracts your pet so they are thinking about where their feet are instead of your finger in their mouth.
If your dog won’t let you brush it’s teeth give it a bone to chew. The bone is abrasive on their teeth and helps break up plaque.
Finally, make sure your furry friend visits the veterinarian once a year for an oral exam.
For more information on Sit Means Sit Dog Training visit them at 7730 Frontage Road in Cicero or call them at (315) 437-DOGS. You can also learn more online at Syracuse.SitMeansSit.com.