disease is the #1 problem of cats and dogs: imagine
how you would feel if you had not brushed your teeth
for 8 years.
HOW TO GET YOUR PET TO BRUSH
it at the same time every day.
it in the same place every day.
up gradually, don't spend more than 30-60
you have a mature pet that you are teaching, set
up a 3 week training period.
Pet the pet's muzzle and the pull the lip back to feel
the gums with your finger.
to do everything daily, at the same time and place.
This begins a habit. Finish with lots of praise
and a treat. If a special treat is only given at
this time many pets, even cats look forward to this.
your dog a treat, brush his teeth, then give him
the treat. Another important trick for dogs is to
use the pet's muzzle as a handle-cup one hand over
the muzzle and slip a finger (eventually the brush)
under the lips with the other hand. It's ok for
your pet's mouth to remain closed, and realize that
the brush should eventually reach back until it's
just below the eye. Many people don't realize how
far back the teeth go on the jaw bone.
muzzle with the toothbrush and let the pet taste the
toothpaste. Pet friendly flavors of toothpaste are readily
available. (poultry, beef, salmon, malt, and vanilla
mint) Repeat the same procedure as week 1 but use the
toothbrush and toothpaste. For cats, ''pet'' the muzzle
with the brush allowing the cat to brush against it.
Start brushing. Try top teeth first by moving brush
back and forth or in a circular motion. If the dog chews
the toothbrush it's ok, in fact this allows the dog
to brush his own teeth. If the dog licks the tooth paste
that's ok too. One of the reason this works is because
the pet likes the taste! If the pet licks the toothpaste
you may have to put more on the brush. Make sure you
do both sides. Tooth brushing may take a few weeks to
master. Some animals catch on faster than others. This
simple grooming procedure needs to be done for the rest
of the pet's life. It doesn't matter how long it takes
to master-it's important for their overall health. If
your pet will absolutely not let you near his mouth
there are products available that help control tarter
(rinses, dental treats, and gels).
good to chew, better to rinse, but best
- "What about the inside
of the teeth?" The lingual (inside) surface
is actually brushed by two things - the movement
of the lower teeth against the upper teeth and the
movement of the tongue.
- "I have more than one
pet." We suggest doing half of the family pet
population every other day. (One pet a week is not
- "Is it ok to give a treat
after brushing?" YES! Giving a treat is something
a pet looks forward to. Remember only spend 30-60
seconds total. Don't make too big of a deal or the
pet will tire. A dental chew is an excellent follow-up
- "What if my pet only lets
me brush one side?" Then alternate brushing
- "What about rinsing?"
It's OK for pet toothpaste to be swallowed.
It works with an enzymatic action rather than a
foaming one. *Be sure to use pet toothpaste as human
toothpaste can cause vomiting when swallowed.