Gibson has bad breath. The worst. There is a reason why we call him Stinky (Stinks, Stinker, Stinky McStinkerson, etc.). Part of the problem is that he eats every piece of cat, rabbit and squirrel poop that he can find. The rest is genetics and how often I brush his teeth...
I try to brush his teeth at least once a week. Sometimes more, sometimes less, but I know how important oral hygiene is.. even for doggies... so I make sure to do it. Yes, it can be a tough task for you. No, it is not a dog's favorite thing in the world. But you can do it :)
Gibson actually does not mind teeth brushing time because he LOVES his toothpaste. I buy him Cain & Able KissAble Toothpaste and matching toothbrush. It is awesome. It smells like vanilla frosting and Gibson goes gaga for it!
I just squeeze some out onto his doggy toothbrush...
... and let Gibson go to town on it!
I hold the brush backwards at first so that he can't lick all the toothpaste off and is forced to chomp on the brush in his mouth...
... Nom, nom nom... brushing my teeth without realizing it.... Nom nom nom...
Once the brush is back on his molars, I take action. I grab his bottom jaw (sorry couldn't take a photo w/no hands), pry his mouth open and scrub away. I usually do one side at a time (to give him a break) and then repeat, making sure to get the back teeth really well.
Once I am done, I let him go back to licking and chomping away at the brush (making sure he doesn't chomp too hard. I've had to replace many brushes after he split them in half.. lol... so now he only gets to chomp them lightly).
And that's it! All done and only took a few painless minutes :)
Well, it used to be it... but now I've added a new weapon to my arsenal... SpaDog Clean Breath Drops!
Love it! Even after I brush Gibson's teeth, he has gnarly breath, so I was looking for something to freshen it up and I found this stuff. It works great, but Gibson HATES it. He gets the most disgusted look on his face when I drop a few drops on his tongue. Not sure why..
It is made from all natural ingredients like, peppermint, lemon, caraway and ginger which is supposed to aid in digestion and prevent bad breath in the first place. I've tried it myself and it works for me too lol :) Of course it doesn't keep the bad breath away forever.. so I give him a few drops whenever I get a really bad dog breath smell in my face ;)
So that's it! Gibson's oral hygiene routine.
Do you brush your dog's teeth? What products & techniques do you use??
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