Just because I’m a little Chihuahua with little teeth doesn’t mean I don’t need to keep up with proper dental hygiene. Not brushing can cause lots of periodontal diseases that can shorten your pet’s life. As it is our, time on earth is limited so why shorten it by dental neglect.
Here’s why I think you should brush your Chi’s teeth:
- Regular brushing prevents plaque buildup.
- It’s cheaper to brush than pay for tooth extractions or cleanings.
- Having your dog’s teeth cleaned by your vet means putting your baby under anesthetic. Scary and expensive.
- You dog will live longer and be healthier.
- Cleaner and fresher breath is most welcome.
You also might enjoy How to Brush Your Dog’s Teeth by Dr. William Rosenblad.
To be honest, I don’t really brush my teeth so much as I chew on the bristles while my daddy moves the toothbrush around. It has the same effect but is less clinical sounding. And chewing a toothbrush is so much more fun. Especially one flavored with beef flavored tooth paste. I love beef flavored Petrodex toothpaste. My daddy tried another brand but I rejected it quickly.
Please remember to replace your toothbrush every six months. And don’t forget the gums. Germs can collect and they’re oogie. You might try some crunchy dental treats, too.
Update 2/4/11: I seem to have outgrown my toothbrush chewing faze. Guess daddy will have to give me teeth cleaning treats until I decide to let him actually brush my teeth again.
Update 7/3/11: After a few months my daddy started giving me the old toothbrush with tasty beef flavored toothpaste again. I decided to try chewing the bristles and enjoyed it. It’s not the best way to do tooth brushing but it’s better than nothing.