Dental care for your pet is very important and often overlooked. The best thing you can do for your pet’s dental health is to brush their teeth on a daily basis. Since February is National Pet Dental Health Month, there is no better time to start a new daily habit with your pets than now.
To start, you will need the correct supplies. This includes a pet toothbrush and pet toothpaste. These can be found over the counter at most pet supply stores. Please make sure the toothpaste is designated for use in pets. Do not use human toothpastes on your pet. Toothbrushes come in many shapes and sizes and some can even be fit over your fingertip. Pick a toothbrush that is the appropriate size for your pet’s mouth.
Next, you need your pet, and possibly another person to help hold your pet if they are very wiggly. You want to put a small amount of toothpaste on the brush bristles. Lift up your pet’s lips and proceed to brush the outside surfaces of all teeth. Don’t worry about trying to reach the inside surfaces. Your pet may excitedly try to lick the toothpaste while you are brushing. Once you brush all the teeth you are done. There is no need to rinse since the toothpaste is safe to be consumed.
Some pets are a bit difficult and may not let you brush their teeth right away. Here are some tips to help:
- Just start by handling your pet’s mouth without any dental supplies. Open and close the jaws, lift the lips. Get your pet used to having her mouth handled.
- When they are comfortable with having their mouth handled, put a very small amount of toothpaste on your fingertip and rub your finger inside her mouth.
- From there, you may be able to use a fingertip toothbrush and toothpaste. If not, go back to the first two steps.
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