There are several things that you should do to keep your Pom's teeth healthy. While following just one of these methods will help to a certain degree, following all of them will ensure that you are taking all steps possible for optimal care and to help prevent decay and infection.
The toothbrush - You will want the brush to be sized for toy dogs so that it can be maneuvered into the mouth to reach all of the teeth. The brush should have proper bristles that reach the crevices of the teeth.
If you find that your Pomeranian balks at a regular canine toothbrush, you may want to try a finger brush. This is a small rubber piece that fits onto the tip of your finger, so that you can scrub the teeth in this way.
- Never use human toothpaste, as this can be toxic to dogs due to the fluoride in it. Also, human toothpaste foams, which can cause choking. Canine toothpaste will be fluoride- free, and does not contain any foaming agents. Dogs swallow their toothpaste, so if you obtain a good brand, it will be perfectly safe to ingest.
Look for flavors that dogs love, like vanilla or meat flavors such as chicken or beef; this can help a Pomeranian tolerate cleanings.
How often to brush your Pom's teeth
- Ideally, you will want to do this once per day. Twice is even better. It can help to have a set schedule for this, such as right after dinner and before your evening walk.
How long to brush your Pom's teeth
- A 2 to 3 minute session is all that is needed, keeping in mind that brushing is just one part of proper oral hygiene.
Training a Pomeranian to tolerate tooth cleanings
- Some dogs do not like to have their teeth brushed and this is usually just a matter of needing to become acclimated to it. In these cases, take a gradual approach:
1. Begin by sitting down with your Pom and in a calm way run your finger over your dog's teeth. Aim for a 1 to 2 minute session of this, and give reward when done.
2. Once your Pom sits still for this, and is used to these regular sessions, move up to the finger brush or toothbrush.