How to Brush Your Pet’s Teeth
Gently position the dog in a corner (of a sofa, chair, or room) so that he will be secure and more easily handled. Carefully lift the dog’s lips to expose his teeth.
Put a small amount of toothpaste specially formulated for pets on your finger and allow the pet to taste it. Be sure to only use pet toothpaste; Toothpaste formulated for people can cause problems.
Apply a small amount of toothpaste to a bristle brush. Place the brush bristles at a 45° angle to the gum line. Move the brush gently in circular patterns over the dog’s teeth. Start by brushing a few teeth. As the brushing sessions continue, slowly include more teeth. Teeth should also be brushed in a back and forth motion. Build up to about 30 seconds on each side of the dog’s mouth.
Tips For Success:
- Brush your dog’s teeth at least two or three times per week if possible.
- Concentrate on the outside of the teeth.
- Praise the dog frequently during the procedure.
- If your dog tolerates only a brief brushing, don’t be discouraged. Getting some toothpaste onto the teeth and gums is better than not brushing at all.
Tips For Cats:
- These basic steps can also be used to brush a cat’s teeth. However, remember that cats can be more sensitive to new things. Other recommendations:
- Take each step slowly and allow the cat to become familiar with what
- you are doing.
- When using a toothbrush, use the smallest size available.
- If the cat refuses to accept the toothbrush or finger brush, try using a piece of gauze wrapped around your finger with toothpaste on it.