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Applying Breath Freshener

Applying breath freshener can be very simple and safe, and the product can be applied by both the professional and the pet family. A breath freshener can be applied during any phase of grooming, but typically it is applied after the tooth brushing.
The method used to apply breath freshener depends upon the product you use on the dog. A liquid form of breath freshener can be used by placing the tip of the squeeze bottle at the corner of the mouth or a gel can be used to rub over the teeth and gums with a finger brush. Another form of breath freshener is a liquid type that can be placed in the dog's drinking water. Salivary action spreads the liquid or gel throughout the mouth to break up plaque and freshen breath.
The professional must always take caution when working around the head area to make sure that products that belong in the mouth stay in the mouth. If the pet moves, the product can end up in the eyes or nose. The secret is to always secure the pet. Many groomers like to give the pet a spritz of breath freshener right before the pet goes home. This is a great idea; however, if the breath freshener is applied with the pet in the kennel, it often times ends up in the pet's nose or eyes. The easiest way to apply products in the mouth of a pet is on the grooming and styling table or in the bathing station so that the professional can gently secure the head.

Where
Breath freshener can be applied in the bathing station or on the grooming table.


Pet position: Sitting or Standing
Groomer position:
Front or Front/Side

Applying liquid breath freshener
  • Approach the dog from the side, placing one hand around the cheek and ear area and slowly move to the front of the dog.
  • Place both hands around the cheek and ear area and gently massage, praising the dog in soft tones.
  • Bring your hands forward slowly using a soft massage-type motion.
  • Using one hand, talking to the dog in soft tones, place the tip of the breath freshener bottle in the corner of the mouth and squeeze. Make sure not to let the tip of the bottle touch the dog's mouth.
  • Place the breath freshener down and praise the dog verbally with a gentle massage for accepting the procedure.

Applying gel breath freshener
  • Approach the dog from the side placing one hand around the cheek and ear area and slowly move to the front of the dog.
  • Place both hands around the cheek and ear area and gently massage, praising the dog in soft tones.
  • Bring your hands forward slowly using a soft massage-type motion.
  • Using both hands and talking to the dog in soft tones, lift the lips to evaluate the dog's response.
  • Gently massage the teeth and gums with your finger brush until the dog becomes relaxed and comfortable with your touch.
  • Apply a small amount of breath freshener to your finger brush and allow the dog to sniff and lick it.
  • Rub the breath gel on the teeth and gums with a gentle massage.
  • After completing the procedures, praise the dog for accepting the breath freshener.

Applying concentrated liquid breath freshener
A small amount of the concentrated liquid is placed in the dog's water rather than applying a product with your finger or a spritz. The concentrated liquid should never be placed directly in the dog's mouth. Always read the label on the bottle and follow the manufacturer's directions.
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