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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.

Click here to watch a video from the Cornell Feline Health Center on brushing a cats teeth.


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