Brushing a kid’s teeth is difficult, but brushing a dog’s teeth is very challenging. To be able to clean your dog’s pearly whites, you must slowly accustom him to that process step by step.
First, you need to massage your dog’s gums every now and then. Once you feel that he does not resist the massage, put a bit of toothpaste on your fingers, and massage him just like normal. That will let him get used to the taste of the toothpaste.
The next step is to massage his gums with a dog toothbrush and your fingers alternately. If he feels comfortable with the paste and brush, then it is time that you introduce tooth brushing with toothpaste to him.
How do I brush my Cat’s Teeth?
Brushing your cat’s teeth should not be a chore for you or your cat. Instead, it should be an enjoyable time for both of you. If you take things slowly at the beginning and give lots of praise, you and your cat will start looking forward to your brushing sessions.
First, have your cat get used to you putting things in her mouth. Dip your finger in tuna water, chicken broth, or other liquid your cat may like. Call your cat with a voice that means “treat” and let your cat lick the liquid off your finger. Then rub your soaked finger gently over your cat’s gums and teeth. After a few sessions, your cat should actually look forward to this and you can move on.
Now, place a gauze around your finger. (You can again dip it in the tuna water or other liquid.) Gently rub the teeth in a circular motion with your gauzed finger. Repeat this for the number of sessions it takes your cat to feel comfortable with this procedure. Remember to praise her and keep an upbeat attitude.
After your cat is used to having the flavored gauze in her mouth, you are ready to start with a toothbrush, dental sponge, or pad. We need to get your cat used to the consistency of these items, especially the bristles on a brush. So, let your cat lick something tasty off of the brush or pad so she gets used to the texture.
Once your cat is used to the cleaning item you are going to use, you can add the toothpaste (or rinse). Pet toothpastes either have a poultry, malt, or other flavor so your cat will like the taste. Get your cat used to the flavor and consistency of the toothpaste. Let your cat lick some off your finger and then apply some to your cat’s gumline with your finger. Praise your pet.
Now your cat is used to the toothbrush and toothpaste and you are ready to start brushing. Talk to your cat in a happy voice during the process and praise your cat at the end. At first, you may just want to brush one or both upper canine teeth (the large ones in the front of the mouth). These are the easiest teeth for you to get at and will give you some easier practice. As before, when your cat accepts having several teeth brushed, slowly increase the number of teeth you are brushing. Again, by making it appear to be a game, you both will have fun doing it.
How Do I Keep My Rabbit’s Teeth Healthy?
Yearly or twice yearly dental check-ups by your rabbit savvy vet, plus a healthy, high fiber diet are two important factors in keeping the teeth in good shape.
Hay is the most important part of your rabbit’s diet, not only because of the necessary fiber content that keeps the gut functioning properly, but also because it requires a great deal of chewing. We also believe, from hours of observing both domestic and wild rabbits, that it is important to offer your rabbit a daily variety of hays. Why? Because different hays have different textures, and different hay textures require different chewing mechanics, and thus help to keep those ever-growing teeth worn down naturally. Limiting the pellets that you feed your rabbit is important, because it will help encourage your rabbit to eat more hay, rather than filling up on the less fibrous food.
It is also helpful to offer your rabbit tough, fibrous tree branches, leaves and twigs. It is important to make sure you gather these from rabbit-safe trees and bushes that have NOT been chemically treated with fertilizers, pesticides or herbicides. While wooden chew blocks are fun to play with and great for the front teeth (if your rabbit chews on them), they are not particularly useful for the back teeth.
Some rabbit-safe chewables you may find in your yard:
- Orange or lemon trees – branches may be fed fresh or dried
- Apple trees – branches may be feed fresh or dried
- Willow – branches may be fed fresh or dried
- Maple, Ash and Pine trees – branches should be dried
- Rose Canes – remove thorns, branches and leaves may be fed fresh or dried
Veterinarian Check up
It’s imperative that your pet’s mouth is cleaned on a regular basis. Dental diseases can cause havoc for animals, just like they can pose problems for humans. Just like us your pet needs to have it’s teeth checked on by a professional.
At Atlas Animal Hospital, we offer dental cleaning and care so that nothing goes awry in their mouths.
Finding out what’s bothering your pet is our #1 concern, that is why we are the number one choice of Vets in Vancouver.