Gradually follow these steps to brushing. Be patient and take your time, some pets may need a day or two at each step.
Step 1 – gently stroke the outside of your pet’s cheeks, with just your fingers (no brush) for about 30 seconds, then slowly lift the top lip to see the teeth.
Step 2 – Repeat as above. In addition, place a small amount of toothpaste on the end of your finger and let your pet taste it.
Step 3 – Lift the top lip, then gently run your finger or finger toothbrush with a small amount of toothpaste on it over your pet’s teeth for 30-45 seconds.
Step 4 – repeat step 3, extending the time by about 15 seconds at a time.
Step 5 – When your pet is happy with their teeth being rubbed with a finger or finger toothbrush for a minute, start to use a proper toothbrush for about 30 seconds.
Step 6 – Repeat as step 5 and increase the time by 30 seconds.
Step 7 – By this time you should be aiming to spend at least one minute on each side of the mouth.
If your pet is well behaved reward them with a praise and a treat (a dental chew is ideal) at the end of each session.
If your pet will tolerate a toothbrush with bristles this will clean below the gumline well but remember something is better than nothing. Even if you cannot achieve all the steps even a shorter period of brushing with a finger brush is better than not brushing the teeth at all.
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