Start when your pet is still young

It’s best to start brushing your pet’s teeth when they are still puppies and kittens but many older pets can learn to accept having their teeth brushed over time.

Whatever the age of your pet, establishing a brushing routine doesn’t happen in a day, so be patient.

The first thing to do is to get your dog or cat used to you touching their face and mouth. On a daily basis, take some time to touch your pet’s head, forehead, cheeks and mouth area, both inside and out until they are used to it.

Get them used to the toothpaste by putting a tiny amount of paste on their favourite treat, once a day for several days. Make sure you use toothpaste and a toothbrush that’s especially made for pets.

Start a Routine

Start your brushing routine using your finger and a small amount of toothpaste and massage the teeth including the back molars. You may only be able to brush the outside surfaces of the teeth at first until your pet learns to accept the procedure.

Progress slowly from using your finger, to a piece of gauze, then a finger toothbrush and finally a real toothbrush. It may take several months to move from your finger to a toothbrush. Don’t rush and remain positive.

If you take your time, offer plenty of praise and reward them with healthy treats, most dogs and cats will learn to accept having their teeth brushed, at any age.