Daily brushing is the best way to prevent periodontal disease in our beloved cats and dogs. While we recommend building the habit when your pet is young, it's never too late to start. If it seems like a daunting task, read below for some tips from the Brook Farm medical team.
Pick a quiet time each day for dental care.
Get your pet used to your touch in their mouth first. Start with your finger or a soft washcloth against their teeth and gums.
Never use a human toothbrush or toothpaste on a pet.
Once your pet is comfortable with your touch in their mouth, start using a plain moistened toothbrush to gently rub their gums and teeth.
Introduce the toothpaste carefully. Let your pet smell the toothpaste and lick it from your finger before you begin putting it in his or her mouth.
Let your pet lead. Go slowly over their teeth. It may only be a few seconds at first but, as the habit grows, you will be able to brush more.
Lots of praise and positive attention helps. Praise will help them associate brushing as a special time spent with you.
Never force a pet to comply or discipline them for not cooperating. If you're having trouble, call your Brook Farm family. We can help show you how to take the hassle out of brushing.
Is daily tooth brushing part of your pet care routine at home? Stop by the Brook Farm Veterinary Center Facebook page and share with us your tips!