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brush teethHow to Brush Your Pet's Teeth:

Day 1: Gently rub your pet's muzzle and gently lift lip for 30 seconds. Reward with a treat at the end of the session.
Day 2: Repeat day 1, then gently run your fingers over your pet's teeth for 30 to 45 seconds. Reward and praise again.
Day 3: Repeat day 2, but increase time to one minute. Always reward with treats and praise.
Day 4: Introduce the toothbrush or "fingerbrush", a plastic toothbrush that fits over your index finger, to brush pet's teeth for 30 seconds.
Day 5: Repeat day 4, adding toothpaste.
Day 6: Increase brushing time, until each side is brushed for 30 to 45 seconds.
Day 7: You know your pet best of all. If you feel that he/she is accepting the brushing well, gradually increase the brushing time until you are able to spend at least one minute on each side of the mouth once a day.

Helpful Tips:

DO NOT USE HUMAN TOOTHPASTE!!  If your pet swallows the flouride or Xylitol, they can have serious health issues. 
• If your pet resists don't force it. Try again the next day. Be patient with the process. Stop immediately if your pet shows any signs of aggression.
• Do the brushing the same time each day.
• For cats, try dipping the brush in tuna fish juice. Cats are vey individualistic in their acceptance of oral home care. Frequently, trial and error experimentation is required.
• Any type of chew or toys should be softer than the tooth to help avoid broken teeth.
• All chew toys require that you monitor your pets while using the product. Never leave pet unattended.

Products We Recommend:

• CET Dental Products including chews, treats, toothpaste and toothbrushes.
• Pediatric extra soft toothbrushes.
• Science Diet Healthy Advantage, Friskies Dental Diet, and Eukanuba Dental Defense Diet.
• Greenies, Tartar-chek biscuits, Pedigree Denta-bones (high in calories).
• We do not recommend ice cubes, cow hooves, thick pig ears, natural bones or hard Nylabones. These are all harder than teeth, and are frequently associated with broken teeth.

If you have any problems or questions please feel free to contact us.

Your pet's dental health is very important!

Dental disease can cause many problems:
     • Bad breath, loose or missing teeth, gum disease
     • Inflammation of the heart
     • Bronchial or respiratory infection
     • Liver disorders
     • Kidney infection or damage
     • Bacterial infections

A healthy mouth makes your pet healthy and happy!

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Pets & Friends Animal Hospital, L.L.C.

3625 Baltimore Ave. • Pueblo, CO 81008 • 719-542-2022 / fax 719-545-6261