Steps to Brushing Your Pet's Teeth

Step 1 – Gradually introduce your pet to a brushing program. The sessions should be kept short and you should always provide your pet with positive reinforcement. Do not over-restrain your pet during the process. Praise and reassure your pet throughout the entire process.

Step 2 – You will want to help your pet get used to you having your hand in their mouth. To do this, try dipping your finger into beef bouillon for dogs or tuna water for cats. Rub your soaked finger gently over the pet’s gum and teeth. Remember to make this session short and positive for the pet.

Step 3 – Once your pet is comfortable with your finger, gradually introduce using gauze over your finger with toothpaste applied to it. Lift the lips to expose the outside surface of the teeth. Gently scrub the teeth in a circular motion. Do not use toothpaste meant for humans as your pet will not like the foaminess and they cannot spit and rinse after using it, plus it will upset their tummies. There are a lot of good toothpastes and dental products designed for pets.

Step 4 – Now you can finally introduce a toothbrush to your pet. Use a soft nylon toothbrush designed specifically for pets. Brush in small circles, overlapping the teeth and gums. The most important part to brush is the where the gum attaches to the tooth. Use water additives, chews or gels in between brushings to prevent plaque build up.

If you need help, call us at 1-800-786-4751.

-Dr. B
Don Bramlage, DVM, Director of Veterinary Services at Revival Animal Health

The materials, information and answers provided through this website are not intended to replace the medical advice or services of a qualified veterinarian or other pet health care professional. Consult your own veterinarian for answers to specific medical questions, including diagnosis, treatment, therapy or medical attention.

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