As a responsible owner of a dachshund (or any pet dog), one of the steps in grooming is brushing his/her teeth.
Mini Dachshunds can get cavities (like any dog) and periodontal disease just like humans. They also build up plaque and tartar on their teeth just like humans.
These are the main reasons why your mini Dachshund should have his teeth brushed everyday. Not only will you help to alleviate plaque and tartar build up, but you will help to keep your Dachshund’s breath fresh. After all, Dachshunds love to give kisses!
You can purchase toothpaste, toothbrushes and yes, even dog mouthwash at almost any pet store or Amazon:
Get your Dachshund used to brushing their teeth
To make this process easy for both you and your Dachshund, start when your Dachshund is a puppy. Before you actually start using a toothbrush and toothpaste, start by getting your puppy used to having his teeth touched by you. Several times a day ‘practice’ by placing your finger in his mouth and briefly rubbing his teeth and gums gently. Be sure to wash your hands when you are done! 🙂
When you are satisfied that your mini Dachshund is comfortable with having his teeth touched it’s time for the next step.
Brushing your Dachshund’s teeth
Almost all toothpaste made for dogs is flavored, so that helps.
Another thing is most of the pet toothpaste kits come with a ‘rubber finger’ brush. This is for dogs that do not like the ‘feel’ of the toothbrush. Simply slip the finger brush over your finger, apply some toothpaste and brush away!
Now, bear in mind, that dogs are not going to ‘spit out’ their toothpaste when you are done. They will, no doubt, swallow it. For this reason, never use human toothpaste on your dog! Canine toothpastes are designed to taste appealing as well as be edible (okay to swallow).
How Often To Brush Your Dog’s Teeth?
I suggest every day! Just like we do!
Here’s a video brushing Sampson’s teeth: