The teeth of any dog, regardless of breed must be in perfect condition. The lack of proper care of the teeth of the pet may cause the emergence of dental calculus, cracking of enamel, yellow teeth, the appearance of unpleasant mouth odor and even falling out of teeth.
Besides, if the owner wants his purebred pet to have a brilliant show career, special attention must be paid to oral hygiene. To teach your pet to examination and teeth cleaning is necessary from puppyhood, namely, from three or four months of age.
How to Teach a Yorkshire Terrier Teeth Cleaning
Yorkshire Terriers, like most other decorative, miniature dog breeds are prone to various diseases of their teeth. Therefore, careful care of teeth of this small pet is the systematic inspection, cleaning, prevention of gum disease, education and elimination of dental calculus. You can carry out this necessary procedure for a dog in the salon, veterinary clinic or independently. For a pet to perceive this procedure adequately, it is necessary that it should accustom it.
First you need to teach your dog not to resist opening the mouth. For this give for a few weeks some treats to ypur pet from your hands and take the dog for a muzzle. Then you need to calmly, constantly praising the pet to open the mouth of a baby, touching the teeth. When York come to perceive the actions of the owner, raising a lip, you need to bare a grin, giving the command “Show teeth”. Do not forget to encourage the dog with praise or a treat for obedience and patience.
The procedure should be performed daily, preferably in the morning and the evening. Such manipulations should not cause discomfort to the dog and in the future will teach a Yorkshire Terrier to calmly clean its with a teeth tooth brush.
Changing of teeth of a puppy York occurs under the age of six or seven months. If up to this point, the milk teeth aren’t replaced, you need to show your pet to the veterinary clinic. Otherwise, the dog will form an overbite.
Choose a Toothbrush and Toothpaste for Your Pet
Today with a wide range at any pet store you can find all the necessary attributes for carrying out hygienic procedures of the oral cavity.
Toothbrush should fit the size of the mouth of the dog. For Yorkies, it is preferable to buy a small brush that fit on the finger. This form is the most convenient for cleaning small mouths and does not cause discomfort to the dog. You can purchase a brush with a long handle and soft bristles, arranged in two rows. Soft bristles won’t hurt gums and the enamel of milk teeth of your pet.
Don’t forget about the toothpaste. In no case should not be used for brushing teeth a human toothpaste. Feature of toothpaste for animals is that they do not need washing off after the procedure. In addition, these pastes will not have aggressive effects on the digestive tract of the dog.
To whiten enamel it is allowed to use improvised means, for example cabbage, lemon juice, tomatoes. Do not forget to periodically give your pet to chew on the special “cookies” or bones, which remove plaque and dental calculus from the surface of the animal’s teeth.
How to clean
So, the puppy is accustomed to the command “Show teeth”, calmly accepts the manipulation in the oral jaws, the tooth brush and toothpaste are purchased, you can begin brushing your pet’s teeth.
The brush is applied with a small amount of paste, open the mouth of your pet, encouraging the pet’s affectionate tone. The toothbrush should be held at an angle of 40 degrees. It’s better to start to teach your puppy to brushing at least two or three of the upper teeth. In the end, the pet should react calmly to cleaning the far rear of the cutters. The procedure is performed in a quiet environment, preferably at the same time.
With smooth, circular massage movements start to clean firstly the top teeth, then the bottom ones. Pay special attention to the region of the teeth under the gums. The procedure is performed slowly, smoothly, without sudden movements so as not to cause the dog discomfort and not to scare the animal. After all the manipulations do not forget to praise the puppy and give a treat. If the right approach to the process of cleaning the teeth is chosen, the Yorkshire Terrier will be absolutely calmly accept this hygienic procedure. Some dogs even enjoy brushing their teeth, the main thing is to be patient.