Do you live with a senior? Have you ever had the experience when someone asks you the age of your fur baby, of saying “oh, about four”—only to stop to count, and realize with some trepidation that they’re really eight? As with older family members, our aging pets need special care and considerations. Their needs change too.  [button title="READ MORE" link="https://elliesrainydayfund.org/news/caring-for-senior-pets/" size="2"]

Work Up to Brushing

By Dr. Marty Becker

  • Start by touching your pet around the mouth while cuddling. Pull her lip up to look at her teeth. Touch a tooth. If you have a puppy or kitten, start getting them used to mouth touching immediately.
  • Wipe your pet’s teeth with a gauze pad or dental wipe from a pet store.
  • Introduce a toothbrush with pet toothpaste (never use a human toothpaste) and try to work up to several times a week.
  • If your pet gets spooked, go back to using gauze pads, & if need be, simple warm water. Even this is better than no tooth care at all.