Tips on Brushing Your Pet's Teeth
Introduce a brushing program to pets gradually. Avoid over-restraining your pet and keep brushing sessions short and positive. A cat or small dog can be held in your lap. Praise and reassure your pet throughout the process.
- At first, dip a finger into beef bouillon for dogs or tuna water for cats.
Rub the soaked finger gently over the pet's mouth and teeth.
Make the initial sessions short and positive.
- Gradually, introduce gauze over the finger or a dental wipe, and gently scrub the teeth in a circular motion.
- After your pet is comfortable with the process, you can introduce a soft toothbrush designed for pets. Don't use toothpaste designed for people because it could upset the animal's stomach. Instead, use pet toothpaste.
- Finally, supplement brushing with a rinse designed especially for pets. This will prevent bad breath and kill bacteria.