Toothbrushing Tips and Tidbits

Posted on September 20, 2016 by Michael Moll | 0 comments

Dental disease is one of the most common diseases affecting dogs around the world. You may notice from time to time that your dog has bad breath, red gums or even tartar and plaque build up on their teeth. Just like humans, dogs dental health declines over the years leading to infections and disease of vital organs. That is why it is so important to keep our canine companions mouth clean and kissable! One way of doing so is regular toothbrushing. 

Some of you might be saying "yeah right, my dog won't let me do that!" But we are here to provide you with some helpful tips on making toothbrushing a positive experience for your best friend. 

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Getting Ready To Brush

Patience is key when introducing something new to our pups. As they are masters at feeding off of our energy, we want to make sure we are in a calm and patient state. Once your energy is channeled to the right place, focus on these few steps before beginning the toothbrushing process. 

  1. Find a toothbrush that is designed for pets or a very soft toothbrush designed for kids. 
  2. Dip your finger into something tasty like beef bouillon or tuna juice and rub it along their gum line to get them used to the feeling of having something on their teeth.
  3. Next try dipping a gauze square into your choice of juice, place it over your finger and rub teeth in a circular motion. Once your pup is comfortable with the process then try to look for a toothpaste with their favorite flavour.
  4. Practice holding the toothbrush at a 45-degree angle to the tooth surface and move it in a circular motion.

Brushing Time!

Now that you and your pup are ready for the brushing process, follow the steps below for a successful experience. Before you begin, make sure you have the toothbrush, favorite toothpaste and most importantly the well-deserved treat to finish off. 

  1. Find a calm and relaxing room to begin. 
  2. Put a small amount of toothpaste on your finger and let your pup lick it off.
  3. Gently lift your pups lips (starting from the back of the mouth).
  4. Put a small amount of toothpaste on the toothbrush and starting brushing in a circular motion. 
  5. Brush as many teeth as your pup will allow.
  6. End with a reassuring pat and a dental appropriate treat.
dog having teeth brushed

    Remember that this is a new and sometimes stressful process for your furry friend. You may need to take it slow and build up to brushing the whole mouth once daily. As you want this to be a positive experience, make sure that you reward your pup after each brushing experience. Be sure to choose a treat that possess dental benefits, to make sure you're not adding to the existing build up of plaque and tartar such as our Bullwrinkles Dog Treats.

     

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    Dog Meme Monday!

    Posted on September 19, 2016 by Michael Moll | 0 comments

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    Fun Fact Friday! A Dog's Sense of Smell

    Posted on September 16, 2016 by Michael Moll | 0 comments

    Dog's Sense Of Smell 

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    Fun Fact: A dog's sense of smell is about 1000 times keener than humans, but do you know why?


    Dogs use their nose and mouth to smell. As a dog intakes a scent, that scent sits in their large nasal cavity. The nasal cavity is divided into 2 chambers and contains over 220 million olfactory receptors. The mucus in their nostril grabs onto the scent particles and the olfactory receptors process them. 


    Dogs also occupy an additional  olfactory chamber called a Jacobson's organ. This organ sits at the bottom of the nasal cavity and contains 2 fluid filled sacs that let them taste and smell at the same time!


    Dogs sense of smell is their primary source of communication. They use it to determine the sex of other dogs, locate a female dog in heat, track animals, pick up pheromones, determine the mood of another dog or human, and the list goes on.....


    Of course one the most exercised uses of their nose is to locate their favorite food and treats! Check out our Liver Lover Treats that are known for their irresistible aroma and flavor! 


    Source: Animal Planet
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