That’s right, you can brush your dog’s teeth at home! It’s a great way to keep Fido’s mouth healthy in between visits to the vet’s office. Your Olathe, KS veterinarian goes over the basics below.
Gather Your Supplies
First things first—gather together everything you’ll need. To brush your dog’s teeth, you’ll want to have a canine toothpaste, a specialized pet toothbrush, and a few treats. When you’re ready, sit down with your dog in a quiet, well-lit area to begin.
Acclimate Fido to Brushing
Before using the brush, simply dab a bit of the paste on your finger. Now, allow your dog to smell and taste it. Work your way up to massaging the gums and teeth with your finger. This acclimates your pooch to the sensation of brushing.
Brush and Reward
When Fido is ready, gently scrub his outer tooth surfaces with the paste and brush. Take frequent breaks; only brush one tooth at a time if necessary. Try to finish off each tooth with a final downward stroke to remove plaque.
Do you need help brushing your dog’s teeth? Want a recommendation on a good canine toothpaste? Contact your Vet Olathe, KS a call for help.