Pet Blog - Pet's Teeth Tips

Our friends at the ASPCA® recommend you brush your pet’s teeth ideally once a day or at least several times a week. These pointers can help you get started.

1. Introduce your pet to the idea slowly. Start by simply massaging the gums gently with your finger or a cotton swab.

2. After a few massages, let your pet taste the toothpaste by dabbing it on the lips. Use toothpaste made for cats or dogs, since people paste can be harmful to pets.

3. Next, get your pet used to the toothbrush. Choose a toothbrush designed for pets, or buy one you can wear on your finger, if you prefer.

4. Finally, put some of the paste on the toothbrush, and brush using a circular motion at a 45 degree angle to the gum line.
 
5. Your pet may not be the best patient at first, but he or she will probably get used to the idea over time, and maybe even enjoy it! Try to make teeth cleaning a fun activity with lots of praise, attention, and affection.

Visit the ASPCA’s website to read more about dog dental care or cat dental care.

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