Avery Animal Hospital Location 4507 Cemetery Rd
Hilliard, OH 43026
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Brushing your pet's teeth


We want your pet to be comfortable with you brushing and examining his/her mouth. The experience shouldn't consist of simply restraining your pet and forcing teeth brushing, but rather teaching your pet to enjoy it. Ideally, you should begin familiarizing your pet with having his mouth handled from an early age, but your pet is never too old to start! Keep the sessions short and stay positive. Be sure to praise your dog or cat throughout the process.
  1. You should have your pet get used to putting things in his mouth. Put gravy, squeeze cheese, etc., on your finger and allow your pet to lick it off. Use a positive, calm voice as you speak to your pet. Rub your soaked finger gently over his gums and teeth. Once your pet is comfortable, you may proceed to the next step. Each step may only take several days, but don't be discouraged if it takes up to a few weeks to a couple months.
  2. Once your pet is used to having your finger in his mouth, you can get him used to the texture of a toothbrush. Apply gravy, squeeze cheese, etc., on the toothbrush and allow him to lick it off.
  3. Now that your pet is used to the feel of the toothbrush's bristles, you can put toothpaste on the toothbrush and allow him to lick it off. Use a toothpaste specifically for pets, preferably one containing enzymes that help break down plaque. Human toothpaste is not meant to be swallowed and has strong flavors that pets don't normally like.
  4. Place your hand around your pet's muzzle and allow him to lick some toothpaste off the toothbrush. Then brush a few of the front teeth.
  5. Place your hand around your pet's muzzle and allow him to lick some toothpaste off the toothbrush. Then brush a few of the back teeth.

Important points to keep in mind:
  • Use a small, soft-bristled brush or a piece of dry gauze wrapped around your finger. The rubber finger brushes are not abrasive enough for routine cleaning, but can be used initially to get you and your pet comfortable with the brushing process.
  • Focus brushing the outer surfaces of the front and back teeth. Because their upper and lower teeth overlap, it is not always possible to brush the inside surfaces of the lower back teeth.
  • You can teach your dog to hold a ball during brushing, which opens the mouth and exposes the lower back teeth. Do not try to pry or force open the mouth.
  • If at any step your pet tries to run away or acts stressed, allow him a lick of toothpaste and then end your session. Start the next session on the step that your pet was most comfortable and repeat it many times until he is consistently relaxed before proceeding to the next step.
  • Do not yell at or punish your pet for not holding still. Your pet should think of this as a fun, rewarding experience.
  • Please discuss this process with us further if your pet has ever hissed, growled, or snapped at you. Your pet may need a slower protocol specifically designed for him.