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Teeth Brushing

Introducing Regular Teeth Brushing to your Pet

Dog pantingRestrain your pet by gently holding your pet around the muzzle.  Lift the lip to expose the teeth.

Day 1

Gently stroke the outside of your pet's cheeks with your finger only (no brush) and slowly lift the lip for about 30 seconds.  Give your pet praise and a small treat at the end of every day's session.

Day 2

Repeat as above and also place a small amount of toothpaste (special toothpaste for pets available from your vet) on the end of your finger and let your pet sample it.

Day 3

As day 2 but this time gently run your finger or pet toothbrush and a small amount of toothpaste over your pet's teeth for 30-45 seconds.

Day 4

As day 3 adding 15 seconds time to running your finger of pet toothbrush over your pet's teeth.

Day 5

If all is going well, run your finger over the teeth for 30 seconds and then gently insert the toothbrush and again run over the teeth for 30 seconds.

Day 6

As day 5 but increase the time by 30 seconds.

Day 7

By now you should be aiming to spend at least one minute on each side of the mouth.

How to be Successful!

  • Be patient!  Take time with the process or your pet will resist.
  • Always praise your pet.  Praising will make them more receptive.
  • Only put a small amount of pet toothpaste on your finger or pet toothbrush.  Your pet will like the taste (you can get them in meaty flavours!) and will associate it, the praise and the treats with toothbrushing. 
  • Note that human toothpaste is for humans and NOT for pets.

If your pet shows any sign of aggression, stop immediately and speak to your vet or veterinary nurse for further advice.

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