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Tips and tricks for brushing your pets teeth

Brushing your pet's teeth is often easier said than done. Below is a plan of how to get your pet used to having their teeth brushed in just 7 steps!

Step 1 - Gently stroke the outside of your pet's cheek with your finger. Also slowly lift your pet's lip for 30 seconds

Step 2 - Repeat as above while also placing some toothpaste on your finger and let your pet sample it.

Step 3 - Repeat Step 2 but also rub your finger (with toothpaste) over your pet's teeth for 30 seconds. Using a finger toothbrush instead of just your finger for these steps can also help your pet get used to the feeling of their teeth being brushed.

Step 4 - Repeat Step 3 but add an extra 15 seconds to rubbing your pet's teeth with your finger 

Step 5 - If all is going well, after rubbing your pet's teeth with your finger for 30 seconds, also rub their teeth with a toothbrush for 30 seconds

Step 6 - Repeat Step 5 but increase the toothbrush time by 30 seconds

Step 7 - Aim to brush both sides of your pet's mouth for around 1 minute

Always reward your pet with treats after brushing their teeth to reinforce that this is a positive experience for them. It is also best to attempt these steps when your pet is already calm to allow for as smooth a process as possible.

All pets are different and some may move through these steps faster than others. The key is to move on to the next steps when your pet is comfortable

If you are struggling to brush your pet's teeth give your local clinic a call for more advice or book a Free Nurse Dental Consult.


About the author

North Canterbury Vets are a mixed practice which deals with dairy cows, beef, sheep, deer, horses and alpacas as well as companion animals. Our team has an ethical focus to assist in developing and growing our clients' businesses and providing quality health care to ensure that their livestock and pets live healthy and productive lives.

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