How to brush your pet's teeth

How to brush your pet's teeth
Tooth brushing doesn't happen overnight. It requires training, just like “sit,” “stay” and “come.”
Step 1:  Get Comfortable
  • 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. 
Follow these links to see a video on "How to Brush your Cats Teeth" and an in depth article on "How to Brush your Dog's Teeth"

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