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Palmdale, CA 93551
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You Want Me To Brush My Dog’s Teeth?

Just like us, it’s critically important to brush your dog’s teeth. It’s not just about making sure your canine companion doesn’t have terrible breath. In fact, it’s estimated that approximately 85% of dogs over 5 years of age suffer from periodontal, or gum disease. This develops when food particles and bacteria collect along the gum line, forming plaque. Prolonged periodontal disease can cause your dog pain, tooth loss, and create bacterial infections that can spread to the kidneys, liver, heart and brain.

So now is a good time to start good dental habits for your pooch. Ideally, just like your own teeth, you want to brush your dog’s teeth daily. If that’s unrealistic with your schedule, try to brush several times a week. Remember that smaller dogs and brachycephalic breeds (breeds like bulldogs and pugs that have short, flat snouts) might require more frequent brushing. That’s because their teeth are frequently crowded together, which allows more plaque to accumulate.

By now you’re probably thinking, “Easier said than done! How the heck am I supposed to polish my dog’s choppers?” First, you’ll need a brush and toothpaste, both of which you’ll find at your veterinary care center in Palmdale. Next, take it slow, since the sensation is likely to be weird for your dog. Put a small amount of toothpaste on the brush and gently put your hand on your dog’s muzzle, lifting her lips. Her teeth will be exposed and you’ll be able to brush for a few seconds. After ending the brushing session, give your dog plenty of praise and a tasty treat.

It’s a habit that’s easy to get into, and one that will save you money and save your dog’s life.

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