The no brush solution to clean dog's teeth
We all know how important it is to take care of our dog's teeth. Poor oral hygiene can lead to periodontal disease which can affect the kidneys, liver and brain. If left untreated, organs can become permanently damaged and lead to fatality. Scary stuff!
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I get Rocket's teeth professionally cleaned once a year. At home, I occasionally brush his teeth, but I'm not very consistent. I know, I know. I feel bad even typing it. When I do brush his teeth, I use some gauze, dog toothpaste and scrub away. Rocket tolerates it, but he also runs away and hides when he sees the “dental kit” come out. Poor guy!
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I recently went to see my Veterinarian, and I asked her if there was a way to help clean Rocket's teeth, without actually brushing. I'm so excited to share this super easy, fun and effective way to clean dog's teeth – No brushing required!
If you don't feel like reading about it, check out this short video instead!
It's imperative you use dog-safe toothpaste. Human toothpaste contains ingredients poisonous to dogs and will make them sick very fast.
Apply a dab of toothpaste to your finger and rub on the rope toy.
Ready. Set. Play!
Play a game of tug of war with your dog. Encourage them to chew, chomp, and gnaw on the rope.
If your dog is getting too aggressive or starts mouthing you, stop playtime and refresh the “drop it” and “leave it” command.
The rope toy brushes over teeth and massages gums. The tiny strands act like floss to clean hard to reach areas. The toothpaste helps to remove tartar and plaque!
Since you are adding toothpaste to the rope toy, it can get pretty yucky over time. To clean, wash with non-toxic laundry detergent and warm water. Lay flat to dry.
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That's it! You will have sparkly white teeth in no time. This game is the perfect addition to your dental routine. Brushing is always best, and should still happen at least once a week, but this game is an excellent alternative to daily brushing. Happy, healthy pup!
*Always supervise your dog when playing with toys to prevent accidental ingestion.