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May is Veterinary Nurse Awareness Month – Smile!

By Ash Tree Vets | 11th May 2019

Today we are going to focus on the role of our Veterinary nurses in educating clients.

We very strongly believe that prevention is better than cure; and this is especially true when it comes to providing appropriate dental care for your cat or dog.

A recent study has revealed brushing a dog’s teeth was more than three times more effective at preventing dental plaque build-up after dogs have had a veterinary tooth cleaning session than using dental chews, or special dental diets.

Our team advocate a gold standard dental health plan, and urge all owners to undertake preventative oral care for their pets. This involves effective brushing your pet’s teeth to help reduce the accumulation of plaque and tartar. However, if your pet cannot tolerate this approach, we also have a wide range of other options at our disposal, so every pet can benefit from effective dental care.

We are proud to have British Veterinary Dental Association certified nurses at Ash Tree Vets, ensuring your pet gets the best treatments available.


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How to brush your dog’s teeth:

Brushing your pet’s teeth regularly is important to help their mouth and gums stay healthy.

Introducing brushing into your pets’ daily routine might be daunting but the following seven-day plan will help to get you started!

Day 1: Gently stroke the outside of your pet’s cheek with your finger and slowly lift up the lip for about 30 seconds.  Reward, praise and treat

Day 2: Repeat as above, placing a small amount of toothpaste on the end of your finger and letting your pet sample it

Day 3: Repeat Day 2 but, this time, gently run your finger or finger toothbrush and a small amount of toothpaste over your pet’s teeth for 30-45 seconds.  Reward, praise and treat

Day 4: Repeat Day 3, but for 45-60 second.  Reward, praise and treat

Day 5: If all is going well, run your finger over the teeth for 30 seconds, then gently insert the toothbrush and run it over the teeth for 30 seconds

Day 6: Repeat Day 5, increasing the time by 30 seconds

Day 7: Aim to spend at least one minute on each side of the mouth.

For further advice, or to arrange a FREE Dental Health Consultation with one of our team, call us today.