How Do I Start Brushing My Pet’s Teeth?
It’s best to start as soon as possible! Getting a puppy/kitten used to brushing teeth is easier than an older pet.
Start slow and try to make it a positive experience with your pet. We recommend finding a toothpaste flavor that they like and having them lick it off your finger or toothbrush when you first begin. As your pet becomes more comfortable with the brush, begin to brush one tooth or quadrant at a time. Remember there is no need to do the whole mouth immediately!
After, try to give a high reward treat that is special to teeth brushing. This way they will look forward to the brushing and may even remind you.
Depending on your pet’s temperament, this may be a slow process but try to not get discouraged. We recommend you brush their teeth as often as you can. Whether this is twice a day or twice a year. Every bit can help!
We currently offer non-anesthetic dentals here as well, however we do book out about 6 months to 1 year due to the high demand for this service. This visit is similar to when you get your teeth cleaned at your dentist’s office and is best for dogs with mild dental disease. The dental hygienist uses a scalar to remove tartar and plaque, but he cannot remove any teeth that have cavities or are mobile. This dental option is best for young pets or pets that have already had bad teeth extracted. If you have any questions on pricing for anesthetic or non-anesthetic dentals please ask our amazing staff at the front desk!
If you are unable to brush your pets’ teeth there are also medicated wipes that can be wrapped around your finger & rubbed on your pets’ teeth & gums. There is also a mouth spray that can help reduce the bacteria in the mouth & help with bad breath.