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Pedigree dog food reviews… the best dental care tips for your dog

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Like us, dogs need to maintain a good level of general health and this includes their dental hygiene. Brushing their teeth once a day will go a long way towards keeping their teeth in a good, healthy condition.

Getting your dog to sit and brushing their teeth may seem like a difficult task, but with pedigree’s step-by-step guide it will seem like a breeze…

Step 1

You will need to slowly introduce toothpaste to your dog (make sure you are using dog toothpaste and not the human kind!). The easiest way to do this is to let them lick a small amount from your finger, if they like the taste they won’t object when you come to use it later on.

Step 2

Dogs can become unnerved if something is uncomfortable. It’s a good idea to start cleaning their teeth with your finger and some toothpaste rather than using a toothbrush.

Hold their mouth closed across the muzzle to prevent snapping. Gently rub your finger over the front and side teeth without allowing their mouth to open.

Gradually work backwards to the further teeth and inside cheeks. Be cautious when doing this, if your dog is not likely to sit still then obedience classes may be called for.

Step 3

Once your dog has gotten used to you using your finger to brush their teeth it is time to introduce the toothbrush and toothpaste combo.

To begin with, only brush the canine teeth (the long ones at the sides) as these are the least sensitive.

Whilst holding your dog’s muzzle, brush the teeth slowly like you did with your finger, and change sides when you’re ready.

Step 4

After getting used to having the canine teeth brushed, moved slowly toward the back teeth and further into the mouth. Brush the upper teeth to start with then the lower ones and along the gum lines after.

For the molars you will need to push down the corner of the lips to reach the back. A second, smaller toothbrush may be useful for this.

Step 5

To move to the front teeth, go from the back of the mouth and round to the font in one motion. Keep holding the muzzle and bush the outside of the teeth (don’t worry about moving onto a deeper clean until your dog is very comfortable with it).

In addition to regular brushing, products such as Pedigree Dentastix are a great addition to keeping your dog’s teeth strong and healthy.

Give your dog one Dentastix treat a day and the patented X-shape will help reduce plaque and tartar build up in the even the hard to reach places.

What should I do if I notice something wrong?

Whilst you are cleaning your dog’s teeth it is a good opportunity to have a good look in their mouth and check everything looks as it should. If you ever notice something which worries you or causes your dog any pain you should take your dog to your vet for a check-up.

Some abnormal signs to be on the look-out for are:

  • Bad breath
  • Excessive drooling
  • Red or swollen gums
  • Lumps or growths on the gums or cheeks
  • Loose or broken adult teeth
  • Tartar build up on the teeth

Establishing a regular oral care regime helps keep your dog happy and healthy. Visit Pedigree to find out more about how to keep your dog’s healthy and their range of products.