Q. Hi, My dogs do not let me brush their teeth at all, Is there an easier way for me to clean their teeth? I have seen a spray... Thanks so much!
A. The spray is not as effective as mechanical brushing. Slowly acclimate your dogs to brushing. Make it a positive experience by using praise and rewards. Use a pet approved toothpaste and tooth brush. You don't need to open the mouth wide. This is where most dogs will object. Sit on kneel in front of your dog, not over or above. Slowly and gently slide the toothbrush under the lip as you gently hold your dog's muzzle in your hand. Start with short periods then increase until you can brush completely.
DR. ANDREA M. BRODIE, DVM
A. There is an enzymatic dog tooth paste available in several flavors. You can put it on your finger and just apply it to the teeth and then the dog does the rest. No brushing necessary.