Brushing is the best option, but realistically, many pet parents don’t do this faithfully. Still, even brushing two or three times a week is better than not at all. Be sure to use a toothbrush that is the proper size for your pet. Puppies, small dogs and cats do best with tiny brushes or finger brushes. A CET dual ended toothbrush can work for both your dog and your cat!
Finger brushes fit over your finger tip and have soft rubber bumps to help clean teeth. Many pets prefer these over a traditional toothbrush. If even a finger brush bothers your pet, you can try a small piece of gauze wrapped around your finger tip.
Stick to pet toothpastes meant for pets, which often come in pet friendly flavors like poultry. In addition, human toothpastes are designed to be spit out. Your pet doesn’t know better than to simply swallow toothpaste, so it’s best to use one that’s pet safe.
In addition to toothpastes, there are also oral gels and oral sprays that can improve breath and contribute to good dental health. Your veterinarian may recommend a product like Biotene Veterinarian Antiseptic Oral Gel or Biotene Veterinarian Maintenance Gel depending on the condition of your pet’s mouth.
Taking care of your pet’s mouth means a healthier pet overall. A healthy mouth contributes to a healthy liver, kidneys and heart. With good teeth, your pet can chew food thoroughly and play games like tug or fetch. Your pet will also experience less pain and have better smelling breath!