Caring For Your Pet

Brushing Your Pets Teeth:

What would happen if you stopped brushing your own teeth? Even if you only ate hard food as most dogs do, there would still be problems. You brush your teeth twice daily; you should be brushing your pet’s teeth at least once daily if you can manage it. It’s not as difficult as you might think.

Brushing removes the daily accumulation of plaque from your pet’s teeth. Even though dogs do not commonly suffer from cavities, they do suffer form periodontal disease. If untreated the gum disease can lead to pain and tooth loss.

Step 1: pick an appropriate pet toothbrush

The ideal dog toothbrush has a long handle and angled head to better fit the mouth.  Rubber finger brushes are not effective as they are not abrasive.  Heather’s Pet Oral Care offers free toothbrushes for the asking!

Step 2: select an appropriate toothpaste

The best pet toothpastes contain enzymes that help control plaque but also oxygen to help tissue inflammation (see our products).  Flavoured pet toothpastes containing sugar, chemicals and dyes that only irritate the already inflamed gum tissue.

Step 3: get the brush and gel (toothpaste) into your pet's mouth, and brush all the teeth

Most pets accept brushing if they are approached in a gentle and considerate manner. If you start when they are young, it's quite easy, but you CAN teach an old dogs new tricks. Just start slowly. Warm the bristles up with warm water to start. When your pet accepts the brushing, then add the gel or toothpaste.

The toothbrush bristles should be placed at a 45 degree angle at the gum margin where the teeth and gums meet. The movement should be circular and very gentle, forcing the bristle ends into the area around the base of the tooth and in between the teeth. Most attention should be paid to the upper outside of the teeth as with most pets, this is where the majority of build-up occurs.

Finally, spray several spritzes of Oxyfresh oral hygiene solution directly, full strength, into the mouth. This will slow down any plaque that you may have missed from calcifying.

Last, always end the brushing session on a positive note and give your pet a special, small treat. Your pet will remember this and better welcome the next session.