KATRINA: I'm Katrina Szish and this is my dog Tallulah. Today we're going to learn how to brush Tallulah's teeth. It's very important to brush a dog's teeth because just like humans, dogs can get a buildup of plaque and tartar which can lead to gun disease or even more serious health problems. And to help us do that is dog trainer and licensed veterinary technician Mike D'Abruzzo. Mike thanks for joining us.
MIKE: You're welcome.
KATRINA: So Tallulah has never had her teeth brushed before and I'm a little scared that she's not going to like it because it's not something she's used to. What is the first step in making her comfortable?
MIKE: The first thing you want to do is take a little bit of this toothpaste and this is chicken flavored toothpaste and we're just going to let her taste it. Mmm taste that, it's pretty good.
KATRINA: That's not so bad.
MIKE: No not at all. Now if you have help like this and someone's holding her all you want to do is start with one tooth. So I'll try this with the toothbrush so she can get used to it. And all I'm going to do is lift up her gums and I go by her tooth, right there--good girl--where it meets the gum line. That's where most of the tartar builds up. I'm just rubbing it in a little and we're going to let her lick it. If she did fine with that I can do a little bit more because she seems to be pretty calm about this. Lift up her gums, then I'm going to go a little bit on the back molars here. Good girl Tallulah. Good girl. There we go, good job. She's doing fine. If she doesn't seem stressed out you can always go a little bit more.
KATRINA: So you're not really brushing her teeth like we would brush our own teeth.
MIKE: No, dog toothpaste is designed so that it dissolves the plaque. So what you want to do is smear it on the dog's teeth and then just let it sit there.
KATRINA: Mike D'Abruzzo thank you very much for giving Tallulah her first ever tooth brushing.
MIKE: My pleasure.
KATRINA: Thank you.