I am sure you will agree with me when I say being a responsible pet owner includes the desire to give your pet the very best. You should want to look after your pets and ensure they remain in peak condition. This will keep them both happy and healthy.

One of the best ways to approach this is to make use of a regular dental care program. Brushing your pets’ teeth not only helps to prevent tooth decay and dental disease, it could also help you save money on costly tooth extractions.


Getting your pet accustomed to having their teeth brushed is easy if you start them off from a very young age. By creating feelings of positive association, your pet will be less likely to freak out every time you produce a toothbrush.

The important thing to remember is that you want to encourage the behaviour. With this in mind, patience, going slowly and lots of positive reinforcement are fundamental to your success. You should stop before your puppy gets aggravated and reward him with a treat or toy when he behaves.

Special Toothpaste

Your vet or local supermarket should stock a range of specially formulated toothpastes designed to appeal to your pet. While you may think beef, chicken or pilchard make for a disgusting toothpaste flavour, your pet will have his own ideas. Check out our store for your favourite tooth paste. Nutri-Vet Enzymatic Toothpaste

Training Dogs

The quickest way to get your pet accustomed to having his teeth brushed is to begin by placing a small pea-sized amount in your pet's mouth. Follow through immediately by giving him a reward, either in the form of a toy to play with, a treat or interaction.

Over the next few days, slowly increase the amount of time between the application of the toothpaste and the reward. The next step is to place the toothpaste on your finger or on a small toothbrush. Follow through with the reward as per normal.

Gradually work your way up to brushing his teeth. Do remember that this will be a strange experience for your pet. Try to keep the process short. You will want to stop before he becomes annoyed.

Training Cats

Training your cat to accept having its teeth brushed is very similar to training dogs to do the same. The main difference is the size of the cat’s mouth. A standard toothbrush will be far too large to use. You can try for a small gauze pad or use an infant brush.

Don't force the issue

The last thing you will want to do is to break down the bond between yourself and your pet. Sometimes, despite our staunchest efforts and best intentions, pets will simply refuse to have their teeth brushed. If this is the case, don't force the issue.

There are other ways to keep your pets’ teeth healthy. These may not be as effective but they do still work. Products include specially designed dental chewies, food and water additives and more.

Signs to look out for

Tooth discolouration, redness of the gums and bad breath are all symptoms of dental disease which you should pay attention to. If not treated in time, this may lead to bad bacteria entering into the animal's bloodstream and can affect major organs or negatively impact on your pet's general wellbeing.

A healthy pet is a happy pet and a happy pet will provide you with great companionship. It is not only your duty, but also your responsibility to make sure your pet is healthy. If you cannot look after your pet, then perhaps you should reconsider why you own one.