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Pearly whites are for pets, too!

Photo of Buddy posted on our Facebook page by Terri R.

February is National Pet Dental Health Month which is a time that we recognize and remind pet owners of the importance of good oral hygiene for our pets. We brush our teeth on a regular basis but often forget that our pets’ teeth need regular cleaning as well!

Here’s how easy it is:

  1. Visit your local pet store
  2. Pick up some pet toothpaste and a pet toothbrush (or you can just use your finger)
  3. Squirt a small blob of pet toothpaste on your finger or pet toothbrush
  4. Rub it around on the left and right sides of your pet’s teeth (don’t worry about trying to clean the insides of the teeth)
  5. Plan on doing this 3-4 nights per week that you can devote a spare 5 minutes to your pet
  6. That’s it!

To learn more specifics about teeth brushing techniques and the risks your pet faces from lack of good oral hygiene, read our top 10 facts about pet dental health.

Happy brushing!

About Stacy @Trupanion

Stacy Kowalchuk is a dog mom to her rescued Whippet-mix, Ellie. During the week, you can find Stacy surfing (the internet, that is) and managing Trupanion's presence in the social media world. In her free time, Stacy likes to bake, especially cupcakes! To balance her culinary affinity, she also likes to stay active, especially with activities that include her dog such as hiking and going to dog parks.

5 Responses to Pearly whites are for pets, too!

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  2. Heather R. says:

    I have a dental scheduled for my dog Ava next week! Can’t wait to see her pearly whites all fresh and clean!

    • Jenny Petch says:

      I am wanting to do this for my Lilly, just to have them cleaned. They’re healthy I just wouldn’t mind having a couple of her back ones done. How costly is this?

  3. Gary says:

    We brush Walle’s teeth every night. He knows at the end of the brushing that he will get a treat. I put some non fat cream cheese on the tips of four fingers and after the brushing he looks for my fingers as his reward for being good.
    Our last dog had to have his teeth cleaned professionally and it was very expensive, so we know the advantage of starting to brush very early in life.

  4. Darlene says:

    My son brushes Sydney’s teeth twice a week – so last time was two days ago – she’s due!

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