What kind of toothbrush should I use for my dog?
For some dogs, it is acceptable to use a very soft toothbrush designed for use in human babies. The type of toothbrush you use depends a little on the size of your dog and a little on your own dexterity. Many pet owners find it easier to use a finger brush, especially when just beginning to brush their dog’s teeth.
What can I use to brush my dog?
If you’re doing general brushing choose a general-purpose brush like a comb, pin-head brush, or the Zoom Groom. If you’re planning to remove your dog’s dead coat or hair mats use a brush for this purpose, like a shedding blade or a universal slicker brush.
Can I use regular toothpaste on my dog?
The most important thing to remember about brushing your dog’s teeth is don’t use human toothpaste on your dog. The reason? Many human toothpastes contain Xylitol, an artificial sweetener that is toxic to dogs. Xylitol can cause blood sugar drops in dogs, as well as potential liver damage.
How often should I replace a dog toothbrush?
There are no hard and fast rules as to the frequency of replacing a dog toothbrush. Some will say every 2 months while others will say every 4 or 6 months. It actually depends on several factors. First, the quality of the toothbrush you bought. If it is poorly-made then you really cannot expect it to last that long, unless you’re going to brush your pet’s teeth only once a year. Second, the frequency of brushing will also determine the lifespan of your dog toothbrush. If you brush your dog’s teeth every day it may not really last 2 months. If you brush your pet’s teeth once a week, then perhaps you can extend the lifespan of your doggie toothbrush to 4 or 6 months.
How do I clean my dog toothbrush?
Cleaning your dog’s toothbrush after each use is a responsibility of every pet parent. This is actually not different from the way you clean your toothbrush. Make sure to rinse in warm water first and remove any visible material or debris from the bristles. Now store this in its proper receptacle.
Can I use a human toothbrush for my dog?
Under no circumstance should you use a toothbrush intended for humans on your dog. These have larger brush heads and stiffer bristles that can injure your dog’s sensitive gums. The angle of the toothbrush heads is also greater than that of dog toothbrushes, preventing human toothbrushes from really reaching deep into the back teeth of dogs.
Can I use human toothbrush for dog?
What You Need to Brush Your Dog’s Teeth: A soft, clean toothbrush. You can buy a dog toothbrush at a pet store, or you can use a human toothbrush with soft bristles. Toothpaste for dogs.
What is a good homemade toothpaste for dogs?
HOMEMADE DOG TOOTHPASTE INGREDIENTS
- Coconut Oil: 1/4 Cup.
- Baking Soda: 3 Tablespoons.
- Fine Sea Salt (NOT table salt): 1/2 Teaspoon.
- Cinnamon: 1/2 Teaspoon.
- Optional Taste: 6 sprigs of Parsley and/or 5 or 6 mint leaves (if adding mint leaves you’ll need to use a food processor.)
Is it better to brush a dog wet or dry?
It is recommended that you brush your dog when their coat is dry. Wet hair can make mats worse and more difficult to remove. If you want to brush your dog’s hair following a bath, let their coat dry prior to brushing.
How can I clean my dog’s teeth naturally?
Add healthy, teeth cleaning human foods to their diets Foods such as apple slices, carrot sticks, uncooked pumpkin, sweet potato, and squash are all tasty dog-friendly human foods that help to scrape plaque and build-up off of your dog’s teeth.
Can I over brush my dog?
When furminating your dog’s coat, make sure their coat is completely dry and don’t brush too hard or for too long as it can irritate their skin and cause coat damage if overused.
What human toothpaste is safe for dogs?
Arm & Hammer Enzymatic toothpaste is safe for adult dogs and puppies. It contains a common homeopathic tooth-cleaning ingredient—baking soda—which will clean your dog’s teeth and fight bad breath. It is also formulated with special enzymes that combat tartar build-up.
What can I use instead of dog toothpaste?
Ingredients you can use in homemade dog toothpaste:
- Baking soda as an exfoliate.
- Coconut oil.
- Flavorings such as beef or chicken bouillon, mint, parsley, cinnamon, cloves or peanut butter.