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How to Brush Your Dog's Teeth

How to Brush Your Dog's Teeth

Canine dental disease is no joke: it can increase a dog's risk for other illnesses and may even decrease his lifespan! Moreover, treating dental disease is much more stressful, expensive, and difficult than preventing it. For this reason, the Casper veterinary team at Westside Animal Hospital strongly recommends brushing your dog's teeth regularly. It's one of the best ways to prevent tartar build-up, bacterial infections, abscesses, and other pet dental health problems. 

Brushing your dog's teeth, sound a little intimidating? Read on for tips from your Casper veterinarian. 

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Getting Your Dog Ready for a Teeth Cleaning

The earlier you begin brushing your dog's teeth, the better. If possible, start when your dog is still a puppy. You must use canine-safe toothbrushes and toothpaste, so ask our Casper vet for guidance.

1. Create a calm environment.

2. Let your dog taste a bit of the toothpaste first.

3. Lift your dog's outer lip, and brush his teeth and gums using a gentle circular motion. Be sure to brush the back molars where tartar buildup is most prominent.

4. Follow each teeth cleaning session with plenty of praise, play, or a special treat.

5. Repeat daily!

Pet Dental in Casper: The Importance of Pet Teeth Cleaning

Even the best teeth brushing can't get all those hard-to-reach places. At Westside Animal Hospital, we provide a wide range of veterinary dental care services that help prevent disease and provide earlier detection and treatment. Our Casper veterinary services include:

  • Pet dental exams and screening
  • Pet dental cleaning and polishing (performed while your dog is under general anesthesia, which keeps your pet and the staff safe and ensures that the cleaning is truly thorough)
  • Education on pet dental tools and techniques

Looking for Veterinary Dental Care Near You? See Your Casper Vet Today

Our Casper veterinarians, Dr. Doug Johannessen and Dr. Laura Johannessen, lead the team at Westside Animal Hospital with the kind of compassionate, attentive, and professional care that you'd want for any member of your family--including your dog! To schedule a pet dental cleaning or to learn more about our services, call us today at 307-472-5600.


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  • "The entire team at Westside Animal Hospital is fantastic!! They take such great care of both of our dogs - young & old - routine care and/or emergencies!! Thank you to the Drs. Johannessen for all you do for our family:) Our community is truly so fortunate to have you here!"
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