How to brush your pet's teeth
Tooth brushing doesn't happen overnight. It requires training, just like “sit,” “stay” and “come.”
- Set expectations that getting used to brushing might take several sessions, so reward your pet through the training process and remember to keep it positive and be patient.
- Practice lifting their lip to see their teeth and reward with praise.
Step 2: Try Toothpaste
- You can wrap your index finger in gauze or use a finger toothbrush.
- After your pet is comfortable, lift his lip and gently rub the pet toothpaste over their teeth and gums. (Hint: Pet toothpaste, chicken broth and tuna juice can make it more acceptable for your cat.)
Step 3: Toothbrush Time
- Introduce the toothbrush
- If desired, place a small amount of pet toothpaste on the brush and gently start brushing
Step 4: Brushing Success
- Brush teeth and gums gently and finish with the bottom front teeth.
- Focus on the outside of the teeth- the surface facing the cheek is most prone to plaque and tartar buildup.
- When finished, offer them praise and plenty of love. Let your pet know what a great pet they are and make brushing a positive experience.
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