We have now been proud, happy pet owners for five months. Pet ownership has been great for our kids – helping our daughter master a fear of dogs and teaching them all a little something about being responsible for something smaller than they are. We have all been learning alot and finding ourselves completely taken by this little bundle of fur.
Dental Care for Dogs
We’ve gotten the basics pretty down pat. We know what our dog likes to eat and feel pretty good about the shampoo we use to keep him clean. But we know we need to start working on his teeth.
I recently received several products to help keep his teeth and mouth clean.
The Doctor’s Foster and Smith Tooth Care Kit makes it easy to develop good dental care habits by bundling essentials at a great price. Veterinarian-formulated enzymatic toothpaste helps reduce plaque and tartar buildup to make routine brushing more productive. Gentle-on-the-gums, non-foaming toothpaste is chicken flavored to appeal to pets. Specially-designed pet toothbrush set includes a double-ended toothbrush and two 1-1/2″ long Finger Toothbrushes to suit a variety of mouth size and preferences. Double-ended toothbrush comes in assorted colors. For dogs and cats.
Tooth Care Kit includes 3.25 oz tube of chicken flavored Advanced Tartar Control Toothpaste, 1 double ended Pet Toothbrush, and 2 pet Finger Toothbrushes.
I wasn’t sure what our dog would think about us brushing his teeth but he really did pretty good for the first time. We put a little of the toothpaste on our finger and let him lick it first. Then my daughter brushed a few of his front teeth while I held his head still. The first time he was a bit skittish but now that he has had his teeth brushed several times, he just sits there and patiently waits.
Germ-killing chlorhexidine solutions in convenient, no-rinse formulas
Kills odor-causing germs to banish bad breath without harming sensitive gums
Minty-fresh breath in less time (& with less mess) than brushing
Wash away plaque’s odor-causing bacteria using these veterinarian-formulated chlorhexidine formulas. No-rinse liquid Cleanser Solution with drop-dispensing tip is a mess-free alternative to brushing, and when used with a sponge or toothbrush, can also provide some of the mechanical cleaning benefits you get from brushing. NEW Spray lets you target teeth and gums even more precisely. Use either formula as often as needed to give your dog’s teeth and gums the attention they need while also keeping his breath peppermint-fresh. Each can be used as a mouth rinse when you’re short on time, or with a toothbrush, a finger brush, or our gentle Dental Sponges for more effective cleansing. For dogs and cats.
Our dog tolerated the sponge with the cleanser better than he liked the actual toothbrush. I’m not sure if it was because the sponge is softer or that just didn’t rub his teeth the same way. My daughter really liked using this sponge on his teeth and mouth. She has already volunteered to be the official dentist for our dog.
I know that tooth decay, bacteria and plaque are things to be concerned about with our pets. But there’s so much I don’t know. Drs. Foster and Smith offer a great list of Brushing & MouthCare FAQ’s
Do you brush your dog’s teeth? Any tips for making it easier? I’d love to hear!