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Proper dental and nail care for dogs

If you want your pet’s teeth to be healthy, you must brush them thoroughly with a special toothbrush.
Brushing your pet’s teeth consists of a series of routine elements that are easy to remember. There are many different methods of brushing, which differ in the movements, the sequence and the order in which they are applied to the tooth surfaces. The standard toothbrushing technique consists of simple brush strokes that clean the various surfaces of the teeth.

Be sure to wash your hands before brushing your dog’s teeth. Rinse the toothbrush thoroughly with water. Give your dog a taste of toothpaste from your finger before brushing. The toothpaste should be applied along the entire length of the toothbrush. To achieve a good result, you should follow a specific cleaning pattern. Current toothpastes are good in that the dog does not need to rinse its mouth after brushing. It is only important to rinse the toothbrush thoroughly after brushing and place it in a glass.

The most difficult element is the immediate brushing of the teeth. this brushing can be divided into a few typical brush strokes when cleaning one or other tooth surfaces. The grasping motion is produced by pushing the bristle brush along its axis while applying pressure to the head. The reciprocating motion works in the same way as the scraping motion, but from both sides (forward and backward), gradually cleaning the next tooth.

The stirring movements are made by moving the toothbrush short distances away from the gums towards the chewing surface. The pressure of the brush is thus applied to differentiate the tooth surface from the gingival area. The rotary movements gradually move towards the other teeth. The surface of the chewing teeth, the palate and the tongue should be cleaned with a scraping and reciprocating motion.

The vestibular surfaces of the chewing teeth, the palate and the tongue should be cleaned first with a stirring motion, then with a reciprocating motion and finally with a circular motion. The labial surface of the frontal teeth should be cleaned in a mixing and scraping motion. A common mistake in brushing is to use thein different movements – back and forth, scraping, across the tooth axis. This is an easy way to transfer plaque from one row of teeth to another.

The teeth of both jaws must be cleaned according to a certain pattern. For example, each jaw should be divided into six fragments, two each for the frontal (canines and canine teeth), premolar and molar teeth on the right and left. Cleaning can start from the vestibular molars of the maxilla on the right and left and continue towards the opposite side, followed by the chewing surfaces of the teeth and the palate. Then clean the teeth of the lower jaw in the same sequence.

Massaging toothbrushes for cleaning the gums are available in shops. After brushing, massage the gums immediately with a reciprocating motion and finish with a circular motion. Massaging the gums increases blood and lymphatic flow, which improves metabolism. It is advisable to brush the teeth of dogs twice a week.

The elements of dental cleaning are initially atrare complex and demanding. However, it is the only way to keep your pet’s teeth healthy (especially in small breeds such as Yorkshire, Toy Terriers, Poodles, Fox Terriers, etc.), whose teeth are often prone to plaque, even when they are healthy.

Nail care

Dogs often run around in the summer, so their nails get pretty well scraped against the tarmac. But if you live in a garden or walk your dog on the lawn, nails need to be maintained. Experts recommend that nails are examined at least once a week. Remember that a dog’s paw is all over the paw when it walks and if the nails are long, it can deform it and restrict movement. In addition, a dog with long nails often limps and the spindle near the nail swells, which can lead to inflammation.

Need to know!

Some dogs’ nails are dark and it is difficult to determine whether they are dead or alive, so if this is the first time you are clipping your pet’s nails, please consult a professional. For nail clipping you will need special scissors, a file with a small notch and an indentation. If your pet’s nails are breaking and splitting, it is probably deficient in vitamin A. You can buy vitamin complexes and special products for nail care in all pet shops.

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