Baking soda is an effective cleanser that remedies a lot of the problems we humans come across. It freshens up arm-pits, teeth and treats acne. Did you know it could also help the one individual on this earth who is probably your best friend? Baking soda is a great option for brushing a dog’s mouth too. It can prevent nasty dental problems they seem to come across. That’s because it’s abrasive and has anti-bacterial properties.

You can’t just go about taking a baking soda from the kitchen out of its container and using it directly on your K-9. There are certain steps that will amp up its effectiveness. When you follow this procedure correctly your dog’s mouth will be truly cleansed. Your vet will notice that your pouch doesn’t have the gum disease and root rot canines often suffer from when they reach a certain age.

Things You’ll Need

Make sure you have a special dog toothbrush that’ll be more suitable for a K-9’s teeth than a human one. You probably already have baking soda in the pantry or fridge. If you don’t, it’s time to get some. Get a bowl. That’s also an item you likely already have. A small one is better than a large one.

Steps One Through Four

-Step One

This is the easy part. You see that small kitchen bowl sitting in the cabinet? Grab it and start pouring 1 tablespoon of baking powder that you just grabbed from the pantry into the bowl.

-Step Two

In order to make this correctly, you’ll need to use the right combination of solids and liquids. A good liquid like water is necessary to make this dish paste-like so it can be applied to a dog’s mouth. Add 1 tablespoon of water to the bowl. Take a spoon and mix it until you have a thick paste. Make sure the baking soda and water are evenly mixed so that the texture of the entire creation is uniform.

-Step Three

There are special toothbrushes to brush a dog’s teeth. Make sure you have one before this step so it can be accomplished. Take your toothbrush and dip it into the concoction. Make sure it is evenly applied to all the bristles. That way it’ll go on evenly to all your dog’s teeth.

-Step Four

Make sure you go to your dog when he’s sitting if he does not know how to do this on command. You may want to wear gloves because you’re going to have to lift his lip up. Lift the back of his lip up First. Place the toothbrush at the rear of his mouth at a 30-degree angle. Rotate the brush in small circular motions for a while on each part of each tooth in the back of his mouth. Get the top ones with this motion.

Steps Five Trough Seven

-Step Five

Make sure that you brush the rest of its teeth the same as you did from the back top. Be prepared for certain reactions from your pouch. He may have the erg to lick and bark at you. It’s important to let him have these reactions and go back to brushing him when he’s through.

-Step Six

Always remember to reward your dog for being a good boy during his brushing. A tasty snack from the cabinet will be enough to keep him coming back for more oral hygiene. Want to make the routine even better? Give him a bone. Those will increase the amount of tarter discarded after a brushing.

-Step Seven

Make sure your dog gets plenty of water after the brushing. Dogs need water after a brushing to rinse off the remainder of the baking soda and any leftover tartar. Plus, your K-9 might be a little thirsty after all the excitement.

Your Vet Can Tell The Difference

Pets that are brushed often have better vet check-ups than vets who are not. This not only keeps your pet healthier and happier, but it also means more money in your wallet. Paying for dental care for K-9s also means paying for anesthesia. This can rack up the cost of owning a furry friend. Preventing the procedure isn’t expensive at all. All you really need is some water, baking soda and a toothbrush to keep both you and your pet happier.

He’s Your Best Friend

Your dog thinks your his whole world. It’s time to show your appreciation for his love and support by taking care of his needs. You don’t have to brush a dog every day as you do with a human. A simple brushing once a month will go a long way in preventative care. No one likes dog breath anyway. It will help reduce the odor your dog most likely produces. It’s a win to do it on so many levels.