Why Pet Dental Care is Important

By taking care of our pet’s teeth on a regular basis, we can prevent the long term health impacts and pain associated with periodontal disease.  Though your pet may still need dental work in the future, learning how to clean dogs’ teeth and provide cat teeth cleaning can help make it much less likely he or she will need extensive (and expensive) extractions or periodontal procedures. You are also more likely to catch problems that need veterinary attention early, which may result in better outcomes for your pet!

brushing my dog's teeth, Pet Dental Care

“I loved this course! The steps are very clear cut, and easy to follow. There are tips and videos to help you out and lots of fun tidbits to help you understand the importance of brushing! I was able to teach two dogs to enjoy having their teeth brushed, it was actually quite fun! I can’t wait to try this on my cat next.”

-Sabrina M.

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The Importance of Proactive Dental Care

In this course, you will learn why brushing your pet’s teeth is so important. You’ll also learn how to brush your pet’s teeth so that you are both comfortable with regular maintenance. Poor dental hygiene is a major contributor to serious health issues such as dental disease and kidney disease, and the best way to head these off is by staying on top of things!

By working through a training plan to make home dental care a comfortable experience for your pet, you can avoid serious health complications and expense as your pet ages.

Pet Dental Care FAQs

What do I need to do in order to avoid the dog dentist?

Daily brushing of your dog’s teeth (or cat’s!) is a proactive way of ensuring that your pet has a healthy mouth and can help you avoid the high costs associated with dental cleanings, extractions and surgery.

What tools and products do I need to use for in-home care?

You don’t need to invest a lot of money in order to care for your pet’s teeth at home. There’s no need to buy a special dog toothbrush or implement for cat teeth cleaning. In the course, we recommend infant or toddler toothbrushes and if using toothpaste, using only those recommended by the VOHC for pets.

How often do I need to brush my pet’s teeth?

Imagine if your dentist said to you that you only needed to brush your teeth once a week. Yikes, right? In the course we’ll go over the importance of daily brushing and how to incorporate it into your daily routine in a way that fits your lifestyle and provides maximum benefit to your pet.

About the Course

In the course, Dr. Rachel Szumel has included valuable information about pet dental care and the most effective tools and how to make toothbrushing part of your daily routine with your pet.

You’ll also find:
🐶 Interview with Dr. Milinda Lommer, a veterinary dental specialist.
😺 Training Plan, including videos: Video is one of our primary teaching tools because it is so helpful and it allows you to see a dog’s progress and walks you through the steps.
🐶 Downloadable Progress Tracker: We’ve provided a progress tracker for you to print or download so that you can continue working without having to log into the course each time.
😺Discussion sections: Interacting with your instructor and peers can provide motivation, support, build a sense of community and provide feedback as you go.

About your Instructor

Dr. Rachel Szumel Teaching About Canine Health Care, pet dental care

Dr. Rachel Szumel is a small animal veterinarian practicing at Blue Lake Animal Care Center in South Lake Tahoe, CA. She graduated from the UC (University of California) Davis School of Veterinary Medicine in 2007, completed a small animal internship in Santa Rosa in 2008, and has been in general practice since that time.

Rachel is passionate about learning new things, and this led her to study behavior at the Academy for Dog Trainers, graduating with honors in 2015. Rachel is also passionate about quality dental care in dogs and cats, as 80% or more of her patients have some level of dental or periodontal disease. It’s her goal to reduce that number – for her own patients and students in her course!

Pearly Whites: A Course in Pet Dental Care is available for $24.

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Pearly Whites: A Course in Pet Dental Care
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by Glenna on Pearly Whites: A Course in Pet Dental Care
5 Stars!

This course has done an excellent job of filling the needs of dog owners. Those needs include education on dental cleaning, as well as how to do it. Pearly Whites shows us not only why it's so important, but also how to make it a comfortable and enjoyable experience for our dogs!

I went from using a fingercot to brushing my dog's teeth to being able to use an actual tooth brush, which will vastly improve her dental health. Thank you for creating this wonderful course!

by Sliva on Pearly Whites: A Course in Pet Dental Care
Excellent Course

This is an excellent course