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5 Grooming Mistakes Dog Owners Make

 People are apprehensive about grooming their dogs for fear of making a mistake. Mistakes happen, and your dog will forgive you, but we’re here to give you some tips on how to avoid grappling while grooming.

 

1.     Prep to Avoid the Stress

Take a cue from the boy scouts — be prepared. Prior to bath time, get organized to reduce stress for you and your dog, for example:

  • Take him for a brisk walk to release…

Don’t brush off teeth cleaning

While humans have no excuses, our pets require assistance to maintain proper oral hygiene. Regular teeth cleaning will help keep your pet healthy, plus save you trips to the vet and the aggravation of smelly breath. Ideally, dogs should have their teeth brushed every day but even if you can only find time for a weekly brushing, it will still be extremely beneficial. Although dogs rarely get cavities, they are always vulnerable to develop gum disease caused by tartar buildup, which can lead to periodontal disease and potential bacterial infections. At the very least, regular brushing will allow you to avoid having to have tartar buildup removed by a veterinarian, which usually needs to be done under sedation. Avoid the expense and anguish by brushing your dog’s teeth.

What You Need

  • A small, soft toothbrush (preferably one designed especially for dogs)
  • Pet toothpaste (never use human toothpaste)
  • OR
  • Gauze
  • Homemade toothpaste (mix baking soda with a little salt and water)

How to Brush Your Dog's Teeth

  1. Start off by getting your dog accustomed to the idea of having his teeth brushed. This can be done by gently massaging the gums with your fingers.
  2. Put a small amount of pet toothpaste on the dog’s lips to get him used to the taste.
  3. When your dog is comfortable with the touching of gums and taste of the toothpaste, you’re ready to brush. Apply toothpaste directly to the dog’s teeth and gently brush with toothbrush or gauze wrapped around your finger.