Pets Need Oral Care Love
Posted on January 15 2020
Did you know your pets need oral care love to? It's really not as scary as you might think to brush your kitty's or puppy's teeth. Most cats and dogs aren't use to having an instrument like a toothbrush in their mouths. So to all new pet owners – especially those with kittens and puppies – that right from the start incorporate facial and gum massages into the daily interaction with a pet.
Desensitizing Your Pet's Face
Touch your pet everywhere. Touch the top of the head, stroke your pet's forehead, both sides of his/her cheeks, around his/her mouth. Touch the entire face and get your pet used to the sensation so he/she can realize he has nothing to fear or be grumpy about. Desensitizing your pet's face by incorporating daily facial contact is the first step. With a young kitten or puppy, you can quickly move from stroking the face to slipping your fingers in the mouth just to get them accustomed to the activity.
Why Brush Pet’s Teeth
Brushing a pet’s teeth will help reduce the likelihood they will get gingivitis as they age. It is often best for pets to have an enzymatic tooth solution. Enzymatic gels help to break down the plaque and tarter that accumulates on the surface of teeth.
The Steps On The Road To Brushing
For any pet, they must first get accustomed to teeth brushing step by step for several weeks or even months. It is best to start with a finger, move gradually to a piece of gauze, then to a finger toothbrush, and finally to a real cat toothbrush. You can't start out with a cat toothbrush, because it will be painful for the cat and will also freak him right out. Yes, you can use an electric toothbrush on your cat. However, make sure that the bristles are of the correct size.
How To Start Pre-Brushing
After a few months of rubbing the gel on the back molars, which is where most of the plaque and tartar accumulate on pets' teeth, you can move to the pre-molars, canines and incisors. But what you're accomplishing initially is getting your pet used to having your fingers in his mouth, and you're also getting some of the enzymatic solution onto the teeth.
After your dog or cat is desensitized to having fingers in his mouth and has grown relatively comfortable with the procedure, you can move to the next step, which is to wrap your finger in a piece of gauze.
Next, put a bit of toothpaste on the gauze and massage those back molars on both sides. Gauze is slightly more abrasive than your finger. Do this nightly after dinner to reduce the plaque and tartar buildup that occurs as part of the aging process.
After the dog or cat gets comfortable with gauze, you can move to a finger toothbrush, which is slightly more abrasive than gauze. Then on to the real toothbrush, which is the most abrasive of all and best able to remove buildup from the teeth.
Do you want a healthier & happier pet? Get your pet used to tooth brushing!