Cleaning Your Dog’s Teeth

Cleaning Your Dog’s Teeth

Dental hygiene is an important grooming task since decay can cause pain and trouble eating while introducing dangerous bacteria into your dog’s bloodstream. Thus you need to clean your dog’s teeth and gums several times a week. Start when your dog is young so it becomes routine. Look for cuts, loose teeth and signs of infection such as redness, swelling, and a bad odor. These conditions may require medical attention. Use cotton balls or gauze pads to clean your dog’s teeth and work up to a doggy toothbrush or a finger brush. Only use doggy toothpaste since human toothpaste can be toxic to dogs. Don’t forget to stimulate the gums. Don’t force your dog to continue if he resists. Just try another time. Be aware that even with the most diligent of care, your dog will need periodic professional dental cleanings under sedation. For more information, contact your professional pet clinic Lafayette, LA.

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