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    Expert Tips From A Veterinarian On How To Brush Your Dog’s Teeth

    Expert Tips From A Veterinarian On How To Brush Your Dog’s Teeth

    Did you know that 70% to 80% of dogs and cats will likely have some form of gum disease by the age of three?

    Clearly, there are a wide variety of benefits to keeping up with your pet’s dental routine. For example, not only does it help keep your pet’s teeth clean, but also can help with other pet health conditions. February is National Pet Dental Health Month and Trupanion, a leader in medical insurance for cats and dogs, offers up some brushing must-haves along with some training tips. Also, Dr. Caroline Wilde, staff veterinarian at Trupanion, shares some pointers on how to take care of your pet’s pearly whites.

    “Brushing your dog’s teeth may be no different than brushing your teeth,” says Dr. Caroline Wilde, staff veterinarian at Trupanion.

    “For example, try small circles along the gum line with a soft-bristled toothbrush, or what your veterinarian recommends. Your veterinarian most likely has ‘starter kits’ with toothbrushes and toothpaste. If not, then I would go to the pet store and buy pet toothpaste and toothbrushes, keeping the size of your dog’s mouth in mind when choosing a toothbrush. They also make little finger toothbrushes which some pet owners prefer.”

    Brushing Training Tips

    • Start as soon as your veterinarian says it’s okay, generally the sooner the better
    • Brush at the same time every day — getting into a daily routine will make training a lot easier
    • Train your pet to think that tooth brushing is a fun activity that they get to share with their favorite human
    • Use plaque reducing products as recommended by your veterinarian

    Here’s What You’ll Need

    • Soft-bristled toothbrush
    • Pet toothpaste
    • Some TLC and some small treats
    • Plenty of patience

    Here Are the 5 Breeds That Most Frequently Claim for Dental Conditions

    1. Cavalier King Charles Spaniard
    2. Chihuahua
    3. Pomeranian
    4. Pugs
    5. Yorkshire Terrier

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