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How to brush your dog’s teeth (really)

Don’t know where to start? It’s not as hard as you think.
Try these easy (and fun!) first steps …

1) Place dog toothpaste on your finger. Let the dog lick it as you gently introduce a finger into her mouth. Rub and massage the gums.


2) Place dog-friendly toothpaste on a cotton-tipped swab and rub along the gum line.


3) Use a wet washcloth—soaked in chicken or beef broth—to massage the teeth and gums.


4) Use rubber toys, such as Kongs. Apply dog toothpaste to the surface or grooves and let the dog chew on them.


5) Offer hard, crunchy treats, such as carrots, apples or rice cakes. These are natural toothbrushes that help keep teeth clean and massage the gums. (While nothing works as good as a toothbrush, there are always alternatives. If the dog doesn’t like the taste of toothpaste, you can just use water.)


Courtesy of DVM360. Source: Patricia March, RVT, VTS (Dentistry)
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June 29, 2020

Tampa Bay Animal Hospitals adjust to providing care during the re-opening of Florida associated with human coronavirus COVID-19 by continuing Curbside Concierge Service, Telehealth, and Mobile Services, but we look forward to resuming limited in-hospital outpatient appointments as soon as we have sufficient confidence that we can do so safely.

We remain committed to caring for our patients and meeting their health care needs in the safest and best way possible. Be assured that we continue to follow CDC guidelines and federal, state and local recommendations for practicing social distancing. We have established a phased plan to resume normal services to see our patients for healthy pet exams, all procedures and surgeries and urgent care needs.

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