Care for your pet's teeth too!



HOW TO BRUSH YOUR PET'S TEETH

While it is best to begin home dental care when your puppy or kitten is between 8 and 12 weeks of age, it is never too late!
The daily brushing process should be pleasant for both you and your pet!  Many pets enjoy the added attention and many owners look forward to the close quality time spent with their companion animal.

The supplies you need are a finger or a soft bristled tooth brush and pet toothpaste.  Most animals will accept brushing very well if they are introduced to the procedure in a calm and patient way.  The best way is as follows:
Day 1: Gently pet and scratch the muzzle, slowly lifting the lip for about 30 seconds.  Reward with a treat at the end of the session. You can even give a taste of a flavored pet toothpaste.  We recommend CET brand chicken flavored toothpaste!
Day 2: Repeat as above, except gently run your finger over your pet’s teeth for 30-45 seconds.  Reward and praise again.
Day 3: Repeat Day 2, adding 15 seconds time running your finger over your pet’s teeth. You can put toothpaste on your finger while you do this.  Always reward with praise and a treat.
Day 4: If all is going well, gently insert the pet toothbrush into your pet’s mouth and rub the teeth for about 30 seconds.
Day 5: Repeat as above and increase the time the finger brush is used by 30 seconds.
Day 6: Repeat as above, adding a small amount of the CET toothpaste to the finger brush and pass over the teeth.
Day 7: You know your pet best of all.  If you feel he/she is accepting the brushing well, gradually increase the brushing time until you are able to spend at least one minute on each side.

If at any time your pet is resistant, stop and wait until the next day. 

Helpful Hints
§Be patient.  Take time with the process or else the pet may become resistant.
§Praise your pet.  It’s a new experience and praising your pet will make him or her more receptive
§Stop immediately if your pet shows any signs of aggression.  Call the veterinarian for advice.
§Human toothpaste is for humans, not pets.  It is common for human toothpaste to cause stomach problems and even vomiting.  Pet toothpaste does not foam. 
§Brushing the teeth at home will decrease the frequency of professional dental care and alert you to minor dental problem before they become big problems.
§Always make each session fun and reward your pet with a treat!

        WARNING SIGNS OF POOR ORAL HEALTH

Bad breath
Gums are swollen and red
Acts hungry, but is reluctant to eat
Visible plaque and tartar on teeth
Facial swelling
Acts ‘grouchy’
Drops food out of mouth or only chews on one side
Rubs or paws at face
Salivates or drools excessively
Refuses to play with toys
Reluctance to drink cold water
   Sneezes frequently or has nasal discharge

All of the these awesome tips were provided by our friends at https://www.hvdos.com/.
Check them out for more information on caring for your furry family. 


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