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Brushing Your Dog’s Teeth

May 15, 2018

Does your pooch have bad breath? If so, he’s certainly not the only one. Dogs have many wonderful traits, but minty-fresh breath isn’t one of them. Doggy dental care is very important! We recommend having your pup’s teeth checked every year. Home care is also crucial. In this article from Arapahoe Animal Hospital, your Boulder, CO vet, serving Louisville and surrounding areas, a local vet discusses brushing Fido’s teeth.


You’ll need to get some doggy dental products. Never use toothbrushes or toothpastes that were made for humans on Fido. Pet toothbrushes are angled specifically to fit dogs’ mouths. Also, the toothpastes we use may be toxic to dogs. When picking toothpaste, choose a yummy flavor, like beef or chicken, to make it more fun for your pup.


Fido will need time to get used to the idea of having his choppers brushed, so you’ll want to start slow. At first, just rub your pet’s teeth and gums with your finger. Immediately offer your furry pal praise and treats, so he forms a good association with having his teeth handled. The next step is to put some doggy toothpaste on your finger. (We know, this is a little icky, but it’s only for training.) Once your canine buddy has accepted this, you can start using a doggy toothbrush.

Moving Forward

You don’t have to brush Fido’s entire mouth every day. Just do one section a day, and keep rotating. Your pooch will still benefit!


What if Fido won’t sit still long enough for you to brush his teeth? There are still a few things you can do. Dental-formula kibble, treats, and chews are made to fight plaque and tartar. They’re also much more popular with our canine pals! (Tip: try putting doggy toothpaste on a dental chew stick.) It’s also important to make sure that your furry buddy always has plenty of fresh water, as well as lots of suitable chew toys.


Keep a close eye out for signs of doggy dental woes. Some common ones are bad breath; excessive, bloody, or ropy drool; visible swelling or tartar buildup; reduced interest in play; lack of appetite; and grumpiness. Contact your vet immediately if you notice any of these symptoms.

Do you know or suspect that your pet has dental issues? Call Arapahoe Animal Hospital, your Boulder, CO vet, serving Louisville and surrounding areas!