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Does brushing your dog’s teeth have to be a battle??

This is really embarrassing! Must we do this??
This is really embarrassing! Must we do this??

All hail to national Dog Dental Health Month and recognize the importance of maintaining your pets healthy teeth and gums. Many pet owners avoid the mouth when caring for a pet because it is not the easiest or most pleasant of tasks. If you start oral hygiene on your pet when it is very young, this task would be an easy, ordinary routine. You can contact and visit your local Rockford-area Petsmart or Petco as listed below or one closest to your home to get all the necessities you need for pet oral care as well as tips on how to brush your dog’s pearly whites.

Many pet owners shy away from brushing their dog’s teeth. Doing so on a weekly basis can actually add additional years to your pet’s life expectancy. Ideally, you should be brushing the teeth at least 3 times a week although once a week could make a huge difference, provided you give your pet other in-between dental chews and toys. Keeping up with oral hygiene on your dog is much easier and less costly than the alternative; dental disease.

One of the necessities you should obtain when adopting a pet is a small pet-approved soft-bristled toothbrush and flavored toothpaste. Never use human toothpaste that could cause stomach distress. Other items to have for good oral care are chew treats, dental bones and preferably a crunchy, dry dog food diet. All these items help to keep plaque and tartar from building up on the teeth and gums.

Choose a good time to brush the teeth; before or after a walk, before the evening treat, just prior to a game of fetch; any activity that your dog would associate the brushing with fun or rewards. It may take several days for both of you to get used to the process, but ensure plenty of praise and rewards for cooperation from your dog.

Begin the process slowly and gradually. First introduce the toothpaste on your fingertip and spread along the teeth and gums. After a few times of “tasting” the toothpaste, you can then add it to a toothbrush or finger brush and use on the teeth and gums in a slow, gentle manner. Once your pet is comfortable with the “tools,” you can begin regular brushing, starting top rear, bottom rear and working forward to the other top and bottom teeth. Throughout the process, be vocal and comforting with your pet to keep your dog at ease. If he/she gets stressed, stop the process and try again next time. You may not get the whole mouth the first and everytime but if you continue with a stressed dog, he/she will always consider this to be anything but fun. Just ensure your dog did a good job for the teeth brushed with lots of praise. Some oral care is better than none.

Even with the best attempts at oral hygiene, your dog may still need a professional cleaning by your veterinarian, especially as a pet ages. With good at-home care, those cleanings will be less frequent than no care at all. Provide the crunchy diet, dental chews, bones and toys that can help in keeping the teeth and gums in a healthy state.

If you are looking for wholesome, natural and homemade treats for your favorite canine best friend, Led foot’s Pet Bakery near the Rockford area is happy to meet your needs. Check out the website at Ledfoot Bakery. Contact Susan Weitzel at 815 784-6358, Ledfoot Bakery Contact.

If you are seeking Veterinary assistance in the Rockford area, you can check out one of these at - Rockford Vet Clinics, Bellwood Vet, Rockford Veterinarians, Perryville Veterinarian , Cat Veterinarians Specialists

For all your pets needs and accessories in the Rockford area, go to your local PETCO - 6305 East State Street, Rockford, IL 61108, (815) 229-0184 - Petco or your local PETSMART - 6320 East State Street, Rockford, IL 61108, (815) 397-7880 - Petsmart -Petland, (815) 332-4200 - Petland

For many of your pet essentials, visit your local Rockford-area CVS pharmacies. There are four convenient locations - 3134 11th Street, Rockford, IL 61109, (815)398-0048 - 110 S Alpine Rd, Rockford, IL 61108 - 3718 Main Street, Rockford, IL 61103, (815)877-9620 - 2454 S. Alpine Rd., Rockford, IL 61108, (815)399-5421 - CVS Pharmacy

For the grooming needs of your Chihuahua in or near the Rockford area, you can contact Sue at for further information.

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