How to introduce dental care products?!
We recommend incorporating oral care into your pet’s daily routine. The best way to do this is to train your dog or cat to tolerate tooth-brushing. This is a gradual process and you must allow your pet time to grow accustomed to a toothbrush or finger-brushing.
Start by introducing them to a small amount of tasty paste such as pate from your finger. Once they are used to having this spread around their teeth and gums, you can change to a tasty meat flavoured toothpaste and gradually work up to using the paste with a finger brush then a toothbrush.
When Do I Start?
The earlier, the better! Pets of any age can be introduced to a daily oral care routine and will benefit from it in the short- and long-term. If you have a young puppy or kitten, make sure you are using a soft brush that won’t harm their sensitive gums.
We particularly recommend gently introducing oral health care after your pet has visited us for a dental. This means you are starting with a clean slate. However, if your pet has had extractions their mouth might be painful or sensitive, so for the first week just avoid sore areas and get them used to having their mouth gently opened and reward them by allowing them to lick a tasty treat or toothpaste from your finger.
Please give our practice a call if you have any questions or book an appointment with our nurses for a free dental check up.
Oral Health Care for Rabbits and Small Furries
Rabbits and rodents have continually growing teeth so do not need to have their teeth brushed. However, their teeth should be checked regularly to make sure they are growing and being worn down correctly. Animals of any species can suffer from a condition called malocclusion, where the teeth do not line up as they should. In species with continually growing teeth, this can prevent the animal from grinding their teeth down properly. If their teeth become too long they can struggle to eat and will require veterinary attention.