K9 Dental; as doggy parents we often get caught up the the daily routine of getting the dog out and fed and exercised that we can sometimes forget to take the time to do a simple thing that can really make a difference in your dog’s overall health and enjoyment of life. Brush!! Maintaining good oral hygiene in your dog can help:
– Maintain healthy gums
– Keep track of oral changes
– Increase quality of life
– Increase lifespan
– Fight dreaded doggie breath!
How do I do it?
Well, we recommend coconut oil as a healthful and tasty all natural toothpaste that has multiple benefits. Did you know? Coconut oil is naturally;
– anti bacterial
– anti fungal
– anti inflammatory
It helps to soothe sore gums and tastes so great that some dogs will come running for teeth time!!
Brushing is beneficial and something all concerned pet parents can do with a little investment of time and effort. With a little training and the proper motivation of a coconut oil treat, Our hope is that brushing becomes a routine and not a huge battle.
For small dogs:
Watch our video on www.k9gentledental.ca on how to brush a dog’s teeth and learn the swaddle technique!
For larger dogs:
Put them in a sit in a corner so they cannot back away from you, or lay them on their side on the floor, whichever is easier. If the dog is seated, sit in front lift lip and brush away from the gum line or in circular motions.
If he dog is laying down, just pull lip up and brush away.
Work up to each stage:
Get them used to the position
Get them used to handling their mouth with your hands
Get them used to the brush and what it does (dip in coconut oil and let them chew bristles as a slow introduction watch they don’t chew and break the brush!)
How often should i brush?
Depending on many factors, such as diet, age, breed, chewing frequency, and saliva makeup, different dogs accumulate tartar at different rates. However as a general rule of thumb, the smaller the doggie, the bigger the issues in the mouth. And so with this in mind we recommend daily brushing and bi-annual visits to a keep the teeth as clean as possible and monitor for any changes which may require a veterinarian’s care.
While larger doggies tend to require less dental cleaning frequency, they still do accumulate tartar as well and would benefit from daily brushing also. We see larger doggies for recalls anywhere from 6, 9, to 12 months.
Who we are and what we do:
We are K9 Gentle Dental and have been in operation for over 5 years now. We do anaesthesia free teeth cleanings for dogs and our goal as a company is to minimize the number of times a dog needs to go under anaesthetic in is lifetime for teeth cleaning. Our services are appropriate for all different sizes and breeds of dogs, and we have handled all range of temperaments! We offer a free consultation with your appointment and are happy to discuss whether or not your dog is a candidate for our services. We are happy to report that we have a 98% success rate with behavioural issues, and the majority of the time we are unable to do a dog is due to veterinary attention being required.
Visit us at: www.k9gentledental.ca
K9 Gentle Dental