The Glenville Veterinary Clinic

How To: Brush Your Pet’s Teeth

In honor of Veterinary Dental Health Month, this blog is a useful guide on how to brush your pet’s teeth.

Who:  Dogs and cats!

What:  Brushing teeth!

When:  Every day!

How:  It’s best to introduce brushing teeth while your pet is still a puppy or kitten, but it’s never too late to teach an old dog (or cat) new tricks!

Start by handling your pet’s mouth and letting her lick some animal-safe toothpaste off of your fingers.  If your pet does not enjoy the toothpaste right away, try some low-sodium chicken broth instead, and then slowly reintroduce the pet toothpaste.  Do not use human toothpaste, as this should not be eaten.  Once she will lick toothpaste off your finger, place some of the toothpaste on a piece of gauze or a toothbrush.  Gently rub the gauze or toothbrush over her teeth and gums.  Go slowly!  You may only be able to rub the gauze or toothbrush over one or two teeth on the first day, but slowly increase the number of teeth you are brushing each day.

Keep the brushing sessions short, and be sure to stop the toothbrushing before you or your pet gets frustrated or upset.

Brushing teeth every day is the best way to prevent dental disease and bad breath!

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