Brushing Fido’s Teeth

How are your dog’s pearly whites looking? Dental care is very important for our canine companions, as dental problems can quickly sideline your dog and lead to even more serious trouble. Here are three easy steps for brushing Fido’s teeth from a vet London, ON.

Preparation

First, get everything you’ll need. You’ll want a canine-formulated toothpaste (never use toothpaste for humans or for other animals) as well as a pet toothbrush. Also keep a few tasty dog treats on hand.

Brushing

Start by simply massaging Fido’s teeth and gums with your finger, perhaps after dipping it in a bit of broth. This gets your dog used to the sensation of brushing. Slowly introduce the paste, then give the front teeth a quick brush. Only focus on the outer tooth surfaces, where plaque tends to accumulate.

Repeat and Reward

When your dog is comfortable, repeat and brush the entire mouth. Give your dog a treat or two after brushing is over; this lets him know that sitting still for brushing warrants a reward!

Does your dog need a professional dental cleaning? Need a recommendation on a canine toothpaste? We’re here for you. Set up an appointment with your veterinarian London, ON.

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