Brushing Your Pet's Teeth in 4 Easy Steps

Steps Courtesy of Hill’s Pet Nutrition
Daily dental care for your pet is an important step in preventing periodontal disease. Brushing your dog or cat’s teeth can be done in 4 easy steps. Consult with your veterinarian about an annual dental exam and cleaning or if you have questions about brushing technique.
Alert: Never use human toothpaste; only use toothpaste approved for use with pets. 

Step One

Brushing your pet’s teeth is going to feel awkward at first, and your pet is likely to find it uncomfortable too. It’s important to stay
relaxed, remain patient, and provide your pet with lots of positive praise. Practice lifting their lip to see their teeth and reward with praise.

Step Two

You can wrap your index finger in gauze or use a finger toothbrush (Available at most pet stores). After your dog or cat is comfortable, lift the lip and gently rub the pet toothpaste over the teeth and gums.

Step Three

Introduce the toothbrush after the pet becomes comfortable with you using your finger and gauze. Place a small amount of pet toothpaste on the brush and gently start brushing. (A bit of chicken broth or tuna juice may make the job easier with a cat.)

Step Four

Brush teeth and gums gently and finish with the bottom front teeth. Focus on the outside of the teeth—the surface facing the cheek is most prone to plaque and tartar buildup.
When finished, offer praise and plenty of love—make brushing a positive experience.
That’s it—congratulations on giving your pet a healthy mouth and bright smile!
The Holiday House Pet Resort Grooming Spa offers a tooth brushing service, which can also be added to any grooming or bathing option. Regular dental care and professional
grooming promote overall wellness
for a healthy, happy pet. To schedule a spa appointment, call 215-345-6960.