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Dr. Nicole's Top Tips To Introduce Teeth Brushing To Your Dog

Vet Dr Nicole Rous introducing teeth brushing to dog

Oral health is crucial for your pet's overall well-being, but the statistics are alarming—over 70% of cats and 80% of dogs by the age of 3 have some form of periodontal disease. The good news is that there's something we can do to help—naturally!

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Start Small

Begin by getting your dog comfortable with you lifting their lip and touching their gums. Reward them with a treat for allowing this behavior. This is the first step, and it's okay to take your time with it.

Progress Gradually

Once your dog is comfortable with step one, you can start wiping their gums with your finger. Again, reward them for allowing this. Gradually introduce toothpaste and then a finger brush or toothbrush.

Choose the Right Tools

The type of brush you use can depend on your dog's size and your own preference. Some people even prefer using a cloth, especially if their dog's gums are sensitive or bleed easily. Our Dental Care range offers a variety of options to suit your needs.

Focus on Problem Areas

For dogs that are good chewers, focus your brushing on the canines and incisor teeth, as these are more prone to build-up.

The Importance of Rewards

Always reward your dog after each step. This makes the experience positive and encourages them to tolerate it better.

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Take Your Time

There's no rush. The most important thing is to make the experience as stress-free as possible for both you and your dog.

Oral health is not just about fresh breath; it's about quality of life. So, take the first step today and make teeth brushing a regular part of your dog's routine.

Written by Dr. Nicole Rous, Mont Albert Veterinary Surgery

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