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How to Brush Your Dog's Teeth

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Hi, I'm Dr.Mike, and this is Mandy and Lola. And today we'd like to demonstrate the proper technique for brushing your pet's teeth. A lot of times, on a routine patient exam, clients will ask, do I really need to brush my pet's teeth? And my answer is simple. Yes, you do. Gingivitis and tartar can advance to another stage called periodontal disease, or even form dental abscesses. This is important because these infections can actually spread systemically to other major organs, including the heart valves, the liver, and even the kidneys. So it becomes very important that we learn to keep a routine management or monitoring your pet's mouth, and I want to teach you how to you how to do that. First of all, I want you to get into the habit of looking into your pet's mouth. I want you to know what is normal. So we can look at their teeth, we can smell their breath, and we can even open their mouth if they're going to let you. This is good to get in the habit of, because once you know what normal is, then if something changes, a broken tooth, reddening of the gums, which is called gingivitis, or even a growth, or some other change. Or even simply their breath changes. There are things that you notice. You want to bring it to the attention of your veterinarian. There are a couple of things we need for brushing their teeth. Of course we need toothpaste. We want to use a pet approved toothpaste. Don't use human toothpaste. Ok, they come in a variety of flavors, from malt flavors, to mint, to poultry. And you want to find which one your pet likes, because if they like the flavor of it, it's going to make it an enjoyable experience for them. And the easier it is for you, you're going to like doing it. And we can do it on a routine basis. So that's very important. The second thing is, we're going to want to get a tooothbrush designed for pets. Again, the size of your pet will make a difference. There's toothbrushes that are large for big dogs. This one is nice, because it has two sizes on it. There are some that are small, for medium size or smaller dogs. And so, when we get a toothbrush, we're going to put a little toothpaste on here. And we are going to see how Lola likes it. So, since she's small, we're going to go ahead and use the smaller end of the toothpaste here. Some specialists now believe that the better way, or more efficient, is to go in a straight path. So, let's go ahead and get started. So we're going to try it with Lola here. Now, again, we'll get back in here, and you just need to do the outside of the teeth, OK? And it works pretty quick, getting it on here. The tongue will take care of what's on the inside, so we don't have to worry about that, which makes it a lot easier to clean the teeth. Secondly,ninety six percent of tartar actually is on the outside of the teeth. so that's what we want to focus with. Lola loves this flavor. This is poultry.She loves it. So that's how we brush our teeth. It's very simple. It's very fast. The key is doing it on a routine maintenance. I recommend doing it daily, and most specialists do. If you are only doing once a week or once a month, it's not going to do anything. Daily is the key. I also wanted to let you know that there's a couple of other things we can do for cleaning the teeth. First and foremost, brush teeth daily. You must remain committed. Dental diets. There are special diets that can be mixed with your pet's current food to maintain good dental health. Gels can be applied weekly to prevent bacteria from sticking to the teeth. There are drinking water additives that might help fight plaque. And also chew toys, but ask your veterinarian for their approval before using. I hope that this information has been helpful. Thank you for watching.

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Duration: 3 minutes and 49 seconds
Country: United States
Language: English
Producer: VetVid
Director: VetVid
Views: 125
Posted by: greenbo on May 13, 2011

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