Tooth Brushing for Good Dogs

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Hello everyone, CEO Olivia reporting. Today I’m wrapping up National Pet Dental Health Month by barking about cleaning your good dog or cool cats teeth. If approached properly, it can be a pawsitive experience for everyone.

First thing you need to know is we four leggers don’t like having things put in our mouths unless it’s a treat. This means you may need time to get us comfortable with this new activity. Patience is key. At the first sign of stress, you’ll need to stop. Give praise for the attempt & try again later.

Let me be honest. Do I like getting my teeth cleaned? Not really. But I’ve learned that being still & cooperating with huMom is the trick to making brushing as quick as possible. It takes us maybe 2 minutes.

My huMom & I use the KTFGD’s Hemp Finger Toothbrush. The hemp fibres are strong enough to scrub off tartar build up & plaque but not so hard that they can scratch the enamel.

I understand not all humans are comfortable with putting a finger in their four leggers mouth. If you prefer using a traditional toothbrush, I recommend a bamboo one. They are bio degradable where plastic ones are not.

We use a doggie toothpaste. Dottie finds it delicious, but I wasn’t so keen at first. This was also introduced slowly, a bit at a time so I got used to it. At first huMom mixed a little organic coconut oil in with it because I love coconut.

My huMom starts on my top back teeth. With one hand she holds my snout & lifts up my lip (you can see in the picture). With the other hand she gently makes circles with the hemp finger brush against my teeth & gums. She says lots of nice things to me in a calm voice while she does this. She works her way around the top toofers until they’ve all been done. Then we do the bottom teeth in the same way. Slow circles all the way around.

When we’re done, I get lots of kisses. I love kisses.

It’s very impawtant for us good dogs to have a healthy mouth. I brush every day but I also have the benefit of having several Knotty Toys for Good Dogs hemp rope toys scattered about the house. They are excellent for cleaning not just my teeth, but Dottie & Jerry Underfoot’s teeth as well.

CEO Olivia

Homemade Toothpaste for Good Dogs

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Did you know I brush my teeth? Well, my HuMom does it for me, but it’s part of our evening routine. Good oral hygiene is as important for us dogs as it is for you humans. A bad tooth can lead to infection.

There are commercial toothpastes made just for dogs which is what we use. I would not recommend this recipe for my fellow epi-warriors due to the salt content but for the rest of you canines today I’ll show you how to make a super easy homemade paste that hopefully you will love.

Take one bouillon cube & dissolve it in warm water (about 2 cups). This will make the mix tasty. Add some baking soda to the bouillon & stir.  Baking soda is an abrasive that will help remove plaque.

Next, add organic coconut oil to the mixing bowl & stir until the mixture is even. Coconut oil ties all the ingredients together, & is safe for your dog. Store your doggy toothpaste in a resealable container. The mixture can be stored at room temperature.

Now you can brush your good dogs teeth & keep them in tip top shape. Check out our good friend Dista of Critter Comforts two short videos about cleaning your good dogs teeth.

Video 1 Tips on how to brush your good dogs teeth.

Video 2 How to brush your good dogs teeth.

A final thought, if your good dog simply hates the taste of any toothpaste, you can simply use a piece of gauze. Gently rub the teeth with the gauze or add a dab of organic coconut oil. A bit of coconut oil on a finger can help too. This can be done with any dog, even epi-warriors like myself.

CEO Olivia