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Brushing Fido’s Teeth
May 15, 2023

Did you know that brushing your canine friend’s teeth can be extremely beneficial to his oral health? Plaque and tartar are just as harmful for Fido’s mouth as they are for us. Of course, you’ll need to get your furry pal on board with the process. A local Houston Heights, TX vet offers some advice on this below. 

Baby Steps 

You don’t want to just try to shove a toothbrush into Fido’s mouth. Start small, by simply rubbing his gums and teeth with your finger as you pet him and praise him. Once he’s used to this, increase the time you handle his teeth. Eventually, you can incorporate the toothbrush and toothpaste. It’s best if you can start doing this when your four-legged pal is a puppy, so he just grows up thinking of it as part of his daily doggy routine.

Product Choices 

Never use products that were made for humans on your canine buddy. Our toothpastes contain ingredients that aren’t safe for Fido, such as Xylitol, and our toothbrushes aren’t angled the right way for his mouth. When choosing doggy toothpaste, look for a flavored one. Your furry friend will probably be much more amenable if his toothpaste tastes like beef or chicken! 

Sweetening The Deal 

This is one area where it’s really important for your canine pal to form a positive outlook. One way to do that? Treats! While it may seem insert to offer your pooch food immediately after cleaning his teeth, the benefits definitely outweigh the risks here. Be sure to praise Fido for letting you clean his teeth. 


Your furry buddy may be more accepting if his tooth brushing sessions are short and sweet. One thing you may want to do is rotate throughout his mouth, doing one quadrant a day. He’ll still benefit! You’ll may also find Fido more amenable if he’s a bit tired. Don’t try to clean his teeth when he wants to play or is hoping for a walk.

No Go

What if Fido doesn’t want any part of having his teeth brushed? Don’t force the issue. Just go another route. There are many great  doggy dental products on the market, such as dental formula treats and chews, oral flakes, dental rinses. Ask your vet for specific advice. 

Please contact us, your Houston Heights, TX for all your dog’s veterinary care needs. We’re here to help!