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Quick Tips to Make Brushing Teeth Fun

Start’em Young!

The easiest way to teach a dog to enjoy having their teeth brushed is to start training as a puppy! That being said, old dogs can learn new tricks too! The goal is to start off slow, let them explore the toothbrush and let them simply lick the toothpaste off.

Eventually, once your dog is comfortable with this, gently massage the gums/teeth with the toothbrush, no vigorous brushing yet! As they get more comfortable with the idea of this, you may start to introduce real brushing.

Get a Yummy Toothpaste

Never use human toothpaste. It has ingredients that are bad/toxic for dogs, and they are going to swallow all of it. For our canine friends, the toothpaste is all about the flavour! As much as we would appreciate minty fresh breath, our pets would likely prefer a tasty chicken or beef. When it comes to brushing for our pets, it’s more about the technique than the ingredients in the toothpaste. The toothpaste is essentially just the tasty treat that goes along with it.

Make it Fun

Toothbrushes should never be scary! I give my dogs a dental chew after I brush their teeth. They have now learned that after they get their teeth brushed (something they don’t particularly love), they get a tasty chew (which they LOVE). They come running to me when they see me pick up their toothbrushes!

Practice Makes Perfect

To improve your dog’s oral health, their teeth should be brushed daily. Also, generally speaking, the more you brush, the less your dog will mind it!

Written by Aurora Animal Clinic

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Last updated: May 29, 2020

Dear Clients,

With recent changes to restrictions on businesses, we are pleased to advise that effective May 19, 2020 some restrictions on veterinary practices have been lifted. Based on these changes, below are some important updates to our operating policies.

1. WE CAN NOW SEE ALL CASES BY APPOINTMENT ONLY

This includes vaccines, wellness exams, blood work, heartworm testing, spays and neuters, and more! If you're unsure whether your pet needs medical attention, please call us to discuss your situation.

2. SAFETY MEASURES TO KEEP EVERYONE SAFE

3. ONLINE CONSULTATIONS ARE AVAILABLE

If you wish to connect with a veterinarian via message, phone or video, visit our website and follow the "Online Consultation" link.

4. OPERATING HOURS

We are OPEN with the following hours:

- Monday - Thursday: 7:30 am - 7:00 pm
- Friday: 7:30 am - 5:00 pm
- Saturday: 8:00 am - 12:00 pm
- Sunday: CLOSED

Thank you for your patience and understanding and we look forward to seeing you and your furry family members again!

- Your dedicated team at Aurora Animal Clinic