Brushing your pet’s teeth regularly is important to help their mouth and gums stay healthy.
Introducing brushing into your pets’ daily routine might be daunting but the following seven-day plan will help to get you started!
Day 1: Gently stroke the outside of your pet’s cheek with your finger and slowly lift up the lip for about 30 seconds. Reward, praise and treat
Day 2: Repeat as above, placing a small amount of toothpaste on the end of your finger and letting your pet sample it
Day 3: Repeat Day 2 but, this time, gently run your finger or finger toothbrush and a small amount of toothpaste over your pet’s teeth for 30-45 seconds. Reward, praise and treat
Day 4: Repeat Day 3, but for 45-60 second. Reward, praise and treat
Day 5: If all is going well, run your finger over the teeth for 30 seconds, then gently insert the toothbrush and run it over the teeth for 30 seconds
Day 6: Repeat Day 5, increasing the time by 30 seconds
Day 7: Aim to spend at least one minute on each side of the mouth.
For further advice, please speak with your veterinary surgeon or veterinary nurse.