Kissing your Dog: Should you Kiss your Pekingese?

 


Kissing your dog is quite normal in a loving dog-human household. We can never deny that fact. Who could resist a lovely dog waiting for you at the door with tail wagging and excitement in their eyes as we approach nearer and nearer. We all swoop down to their level to give them a hug and kiss on their faces and we also allow them to lick us back in the face. However, is it sanitary? Have you even considered being sick just because of sharing a kiss with your pet? There is a new study conducted that would make you really think twice about that juicy kiss.

Last 2011, a group of Japanese researchers gathered dental plaque from 66 dogs and 81 humans who dropped by the dog training schools and animal clinics in Okayama, Japan. The plaque was then placed under the microscope and they studied the bacteria. And as theorized, the results determined that both dogs and humans contained bacteria in their mouths, which could easily transfer to each other through kissing/licking.

Kissing your Dog

Experts found out about a disease causing peridontopathic bacteria present in the plaque in both dogs and humans that where tested. This bacteria is linked to periodontis, a severe form of gum disease which according to the experts causes the destruction on the supporting tissues of the tooth that would eventually leat to kidney disease, diabetes and heart disease.

Kissing your Dog: Should you Kiss your Pekingese?

Kinds of Bacteria Found

The study showed that there are 3 kinds of disease causing oral bacteria: Campylobacter rectus, Porphyromonas gulae and Tannerella forsythia were found in the dogs oral flora and the detection rates of these bacteria were rare in humans. So, we just bested the myth “your dog’s mouth is cleaner than yours.”

The plaque samples also showed the presence of Porphyromonas gulae in 13 human subjects as well as with their dogs. Furthermore, the experts also said that there were 2 more kinds of bacteria found in the dogs’ oral flora and it also showed traces on their owners as well. Just know that all the aforementioned bacteria are known to cause periodontal disease.

If that study isn’t compelling enough to convince you, Dr. Mehmet Oz gave all pet owners a warning about the health hazards involved in kissing your dog.

Dr. Oz mentioned during in an interview with People Pets: “If your pooch is a scavenger, then a canine lick on the lips could jeopardize your health. The half-eaten hot dog your dog found on the street — or the feces he was nibbling on — could be loaded with germs and bacteria such as toxocara, salmonella, giardia, hookworm, tapeworm and many others, putting your family’s health at risk.”

As adorable as kissing your dog may be, it may give us more than what we asked for in form of a gum illness caused by bacteria or organisms that are not normally found in a human’s oral flora. You can always cuddle, hug and show affection towards your pet in other ways and just save the kiss to the human pack members.

Are you sharing a kiss with your Pekingese? If so, I hope you won’t contract with any of the said organisms so that your health won’t be jeopardized. Want to tell us your story? Do so by entering it on the space provided below.

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Brushing A Pekingese Dog’s Teeth: Help For Beginners

Brushing a Pekingese dog’s teeth can end up being something that is traumatizing for you both if you don’t know what you’re doing. Your dog may hate it at first, and you might too, but it is something that needs to be done to ensure that their mouth and teeth are healthy. If you are struggling with getting your Peke to enjoy brushing their teeth, here are some helpful tips for beginners:

Confinement – Brush their teeth in a smaller room where you can confine them, such as a bathroom. If they know that they can run away somewhere else, they are going to. If you can, it’s best to hold them in the bathtub so they can’t jump out right away. Sinks are not the best place as they can jump out and fall off the counter, causing injuries.

Brushing a Pekingese dog’s teeth

Brushing a Pekingese dog's teeth

Brushing a Pekingese dog’s teeth

Practice

For the first few times you try to brush their teeth, just let them lick the toothpaste. It might seem like you’re not accomplishing much, but after two or three times of knowing that the toothpaste doesn’t taste that bad, they won’t be as adamant about not doing it. It gives them a way to ease into brushing without the traumatizing experience of being held down right off the bat.

Move Up

Once the taste is out of the way, you can move up to a smaller brush or even just your finger for the next few times. You don’t want something so big that they are going to gag or that will make them truly hate it right off the bat. The goal is to get them to like brushing their teeth, so anything that will make them unhappy will have the opposite effect on your Peke.

Keep It Short (For Now)

When you’re starting off brushing your Pekingese’s teeth, keep it short at first. You will want to mainly get the hang of brushing and your dog to be relaxed so that you can at first. It won’t take long before they get used to the fact that it won’t hurt and they get loved on from you while you are doing it. You can lengthen the time that you’re brushing as you go along. No rush needed.

Praise

When your Pekingese lets you brush their teeth and does a good job, make sure that you praise them for it. Love them and pet them and give them something fun to do, such as play with a toy or play with you. If they know that they are making you happy by letting you brush their teeth, they are going to be more inclined to let you do it the next time. If you act unhappy and yell at them for not doing it, they aren’t going to be too keen on doing it again.

No matter what, brushing a Pekingese dog’s teeth doesn’t have to be hard. With a little bit of patience and some easing into it, you can easily get your Peke to love having their teeth brushed. It’s good for their teeth and their health and good for your nose!

It doesn’t matter how old your Pekingese is, brushing is something they all need. Share this article through Twitter so that all your Pekingese loving friends can find out how to start the cycle of brushing their Peke’s teeth.

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Brushing A Pekingese Dog’s Teeth: Help For Beginners

Brushing a Pekingese dog’s teeth can end up being something that is traumatizing for you both if you don’t know what you’re doing. Your dog may hate it at first, and you might too, but it is something that needs to be done to ensure that their mouth and teeth are healthy. If you are struggling with getting your Peke to enjoy brushing their teeth, here are some helpful tips for beginners:

Brushing A Pekingese Dog’s Teeth

Brushing A Pekingese Dog's Teeth

Brushing A Pekingese Dog’s Teeth

Confinement – Brush their teeth in a smaller room where you can confine them, such as a bathroom. If they know that they can run away somewhere else, they are going to. If you can, it’s best to hold them in the bathtub so they can’t jump out right away. Sinks are not the best place as they can jump out and fall off the counter, causing injuries.

Practice – For the first few times you try to brush their teeth, just let them lick the toothpaste. It might seem like you’re not accomplishing much, but after two or three times of knowing that the toothpaste doesn’t taste that bad, they won’t be as adamant about not doing it. It gives them a way to ease into brushing without the traumatizing experience of being held down right off the bat.

Move Up – Once the taste is out of the way, you can move up to a smaller brush or even just your finger for the next few times. You don’t want something so big that they are going to gag or that will make them truly hate it right off the bat. The goal is to get them to like brushing their teeth, so anything that will make them unhappy will have the opposite effect on your Peke.

Keep It Short (For Now) – When you’re starting off brushing your Pekingese’s teeth, keep it short at first. You will want to mainly get the hang of brushing and your dog to be relaxed so that you can at first. It won’t take long before they get used to the fact that it won’t hurt and they get loved on from you while you are doing it. You can lengthen the time that you’re brushing as you go along. No rush needed.

Praise – When your Pekingese lets you brush their teeth and does a good job, make sure that you praise them for it. Love them and pet them and give them something fun to do, such as play with a toy or play with you. If they know that they are making you happy by letting you brush their teeth, they are going to be more inclined to let you do it the next time. If you act unhappy and yell at them for not doing it, they aren’t going to be too keen on doing it again.

No matter what, brushing a Pekingese dog’s teeth doesn’t have to be hard. With a little bit of patience and some easing into it, you can easily get your Peke to love having their teeth brushed. It’s good for their teeth and their health and good for your nose!

It doesn’t matter how old your Pekingese is, brushing is something they all need. Share this article through Twitter so that all your Pekingese loving friends can find out how to start the cycle of brushing their Peke’s teeth.

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How to Brush Dog’s Teeth: Make it a Habit for your Pekingese

How to Brush Dog’s Teeth: Make it a Habit for your Pekingese

Having a healthy dental cavity for your dog is necessary and having a professional do it for you is quite expensive. How to brush dog’s teeth, you ask? Quite simple really, you just have to have patience and will power to win over your dog’s stubbornness  Your pet’s teeth can develop cavities, plaque and tartar build-up similar to how our teeth does. Your vet can easily scrape all that tartar away as part of this routine check-up, however it is your dog’s first time he would be very nervous, for sure. If you just brush their teeth at home, like any responsible owner would, then he would become comfortable with it and be tolerant in the future. Brushing his teeth must be one of your daily routines for him, if everyday is not possible for you then at least 2 times a week.

How to Brush Dog’s Teeth

  1.  Squeeze some doggie toothpaste onto the brush and allow your dog to lick it off. A finger toothbrush that’s made for pets is best. You can use a human toothbrush, but it isn’t as good as a finger brush.  Don’t ever use human toothpaste! Human toothpaste contains fluoride, which in large quantities is poisonous to dogs.
  2.  Flip up your dog’s lips and gently rub the toothbrush and toothpaste against your dog’s teeth and gums for a few seconds.
  3.  Give your dog a treat, even if she allows you to work on her teeth for only a few seconds.
  4. Repeat Steps 1 through 3 again tomorrow, gradually lengthening the amount of time spent brushing.

Source: Dummies, http://www.dummies.com/how-to/content/essential-grooming-brushing-your-dogs-teeth.html by Margaret H. Bonham

What you need:

  • Finger toothbrush, gauze or wash cloth that can be wrapped on your finger
  • Doggy Toothpaste

What you should do:

  • Prepare all the materials needed before you begin. Decide on what you will use: cloth, finger toothbrush or gauze and put a bit of doggy toothpaste.
  • Allow your pet to relax so that he can sit still as you work through his mouth. If he is in hyperactive mode, chances are it would be very difficult for you to accomplish this task.
  • Choose a position that is easy for you to work.
  • In a gentle manner, lift his upper lip at one side and begin brushing his teeth in a circular motion. Add more toothpaste if necessary.
  • As you are brushing his teeth, make sure that you also scrub his gum line well as this is where most dental problems begin.
  • Work around his mouth and brush each tooth and also make sure that you would clean his back teeth properly too.
  • Do this cleaning at least twice a week if daily basis is not possible for you. Then go to your vet annually for a professional dental cleaning.

If this post somehow doesn’t satisfy you, there are lots of videos online on how to brush dog’s teeth, simply do a simple research so that you will be guided accordingly. Dental hygiene is very important for your dog as it is to us, humans. If you don’t want your beloved pekingese to have any bad breath or any dental related illnesses, then you should be doing your part in order to prevent it.

Has this been of any help to you? Have you ever tried brushing your dog’s teeth? Tell us your story or if you have any suggestions or opinions, we are open to listen to them.

 

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Dog Dental Care – Mind your Pekingese’s Pearly Whites!

Dog Dental Care – Mind your Pekingese’s Pearly Whites!

Newsflash: Dog dental care is a must! Unfortunately, most owners tend to overlook their dog’s (pekingese or not) dental health. And in general, people tend to coin bad breath with dogs while only a few number of owners are vigilant enough to brush their doggy’s teeth on a daily basis. Dental hygiene is important to your pekingese’s overall health just like exercise, nutrition, grooming and routine is. Help him be at his best health always by watching over his pearly whites as well.

Detecting early teeth problems would truly prevent any major or severe dental issues. And the best way to keep track of his dental health? Simple. Take a look at them on a regular basus and be keen on signs that may pose as a problem. In inspecting your pekingese’s teeth, lift his lips on his entire mouth, and take a good look at his front and back teeth. Be cautious and be extra gentle so that he won’t suddenly bite you unintentionally. As you notice, your vet would also take a good look at your pekingese’s teeth when you bring him in for his routine check up (every 6-12 months). And if any problem occurs, never hesitate to contact your vet.

Here are some commong signs that you must watch out for:

  • Increased salivation
  • Tartar/Calculus (hard yellow or brown color on the teeth)
  • Missing tooth
  • Bad breath (Halitosis)
  • Red gums
  • Bleeding gums

Plaque builds on the teeth that will then turn into a calculus or tartar. However these areas would become a place where the bacteria would live that would eat away his hums and teeth. And the bacteria wouldn’t only stay in the mouth, they can also travel to other parts of the body such as the kidneys and heart. That is why it is essential for you to double your efforts in preventing it.

Dog Dental Care

The good news for dogs is they don’t get cavities. Wouldn’t it be great if we were so lucky? The bad news is they get just about every other dental problem that plagues us. For example, they develop plaque and tarter just like we do. Knowing this should give you incentive to provide your best friend with dog dental care.

Source: Dog Dental Care, http://www.dogdentalcare.net/

Things to Keep in Mind:

  • Never ever use human toothpaste on your dog’s teeth – this would make them ill! Make use of the special toothpaste made for dogs. And the same goes for oral rinses.
  • It is ideal to use a finger brush or an extra long toothbrush for dogs. If it is still the first time for your dog, it is advisable to use a finger brush as it would not feel awkward for him.
  • Daily brushing is needed since plaque would build on a 24-48 hours basis.
  • Before your commence on your brushing, ask your vet first for guidelines and techniques on how to do it.

If you cannot perform a brush on your pekingese, try considering a use of oral rinses instead. You can also make use of dental treats/chew toys that would promote dog dental care. Avoid giving dogs real bones as it could cause stomach upset and tooth fracture.  See to it that you are up-to-date with your vet exams. Also from time to time, it is also recommended to get a professional dental cleaning for your pekingese. It may be a bit costly but it would keep his dental health intact since his teeth would be scaled and polished.

How’s your pekingese’s dental health hygiene? Do you brush his teeth? What is your way for maintaining your dog’s dental health? Share your tips and techniques with us so that we would also benefit from it.

 

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