Brushing Your Dog’s Teeth

Did you know that brushing your dog’s teeth is one of the best things you can do to keep Fido’s mouth healthy? Proper dental care is just as important for pets as it is for people! Of course, telling your canine buddy that getting his teeth brushed is good for him probably won’t get you very far. Therefore, you’ll need to train your pup to accept the toothbrush. A Bolingbrook, IL vet offers tips on how to do that in this article.

Choose The Right Products

Make sure to get a toothbrush and toothpaste that are made especially for our canine pals. Never use human products on your pet: things made for us are neither safe nor suitable for dogs. When choosing toothpaste, pick a yummy flavor, like beef or chicken, to make the process more appealing for your pooch.

Start Slow

Don’t just immediately jump into brushing Fido’s teeth. Instead, start slow, by just gently rubbing your dog’s teeth and gums. Talk to your furry buddy in a soothing voice as you do this.

Offer Treats

Once you’ve rubbed Fido’s gums and teeth, praise him and offer him a special treat. Choose something special, like a piece of bacon or even a juicy steak.

Moving Forward

The next step is to add toothpaste to your finger when rubbing Fido’s gums. (We know, this isn’t the cutest part of having a dog. But it’s only temporary, while you’re training your pet.) When your pooch has accepted this, you can move on to using a doggy toothbrush.


You don’t have to do your dog’s entire mouth all at once. Just do one segment a day, and keep rotating. Fido will still benefit. Continue to offer your four-legged buddy treats and praise after he’s had his teeth cleaned.

Other Options

If your canine friend isn’t having it, there are other things you can do to keep his teeth healthy. Ask your vet for advice on using dental-formula kibble, treats, and/or chews. Simply putting some doggy toothpaste on a chew toy can help. It’s also important to make sure your furry pal always has fresh, clean water and suitable chew toys.

Do you know or suspect that your dog has dental issues? Please do not hesitate to contact us, your local Bolingbrook, IL pet clinic, for all of your dog’s veterinary care needs. We are here to help!

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