We remain open to provide care for your pets. We are following the direction of government and regulatory authorities and have implemented hospital and visit protocols to keep both you and our team safe. For regular updates on our hours and visit protocols, please follow our social media platforms.


How To Brush Your Pet’s Teeth

The thought of brushing your pet’s teeth can be overwhelming for many owners. With a few tips and a step by step routine you will feel confident to incorporate brushing into your pet’s daily routine.

  1. Getting your pet used to having their mouth area touched in the first step. Hold the muzzle area for a few moments everyday until your pet is comfortable. It is best to do this during a low stress time for you and your pet. Ending with positive praise or a small treat will increase your pet’s acceptance.
  2. Now that your pet is used to having his or her mouth touched you can introduce the pet toothpaste *. Start with a small amount of your finger. Start first with the canine teeth and work your way through the whole mouth including the gums. Take this process slowly observing your pet’s response.
  3. Time to introduce the toothbrush. Choosing the right sized toothbrush for your pet can make a difference. Toothbrushes with a smaller bristle area can work best for cat and small dog mouths where the larger surface area of a regular sized toothbrush can work best for larger dog teeth. Your veterinarian can help you choose the right toothbrush for your pet. Wet the toothbrush first and place a small amount of toothpaste* of the brush ensuring it stays on the bristles. To have better control of the toothbrush you can place your finger on the bristle head. Start with the canine teeth on one side of the mouth and brush in circular motions ensuring the brush the gums as well.
  4. Start with the canine teeth on one side of the mouth and brush in circular motions ensuring the brush the gums as well. Continue to brush in circular motions to the back of the mouth then move to the other side. Tartar mostly accumulates on the outer surface of the teeth so it is not necessary to brush the inside of the teeth.
  5. The final step is brushing the incisor teeth or the front teeth. This may be an area for your pet that is more sensitive that they may not be as accepting for you to brush. Gradually build up the time you spend cleaning the teeth if you are having trouble. Lift the upper lip and brush in an up and down motion cleaning both the top and bottom at the same time.

Making brushing part of your pet’s regular routine will greatly improve their overall dental health now and in the future. Your veterinarian and the veterinary team can help you chose the right toothbrush, toothpaste and get you and your pet starting on a brushing routine.

* Human toothpaste includes high levels of fluoride that can be toxic to dogs if ingested. Be sure to consult with our team members about pet safe toothpaste.


Written by: Jessica Bucci, RVT


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COVID-19: Additional measures we are taking

Dear Clients,

Due to the close contact that our work requires, we have taken additional measures to protect you and our team while providing care for your furry family members.

The following changes are effective as of Wednesday, March 18, 2020:

1. We are currently operating a "closed waiting room" policy to protect our clients and staff. When you arrive, please remain in your vehicle and use your cell phone to call us at 905-664-4888. We will bring your pet into the hospital for an examination with the veterinarian. The veterinarian will then call you to discuss our recommended treatment plan. After your appointment, a technician will return your pet to your car and take care of any needed medications and payment.

2. We are continuing to accept appointments for urgent or sick pets, as well as time-sensitive puppy/kitten vaccinations. All other services will be scheduled for a later time. However, if you're unsure whether your pet needs medical attention, please call us to discuss your situation.

3. We are still OPEN with the following hours: Monday to Friday 8 am - 4 pm

4. If you are ordering food or medications, please allow 2-4 business days as our suppliers are dealing with increased demand and are trying to fill orders as quickly as possible. We will advise you as soon as your order arrives. Please call us when you arrive to pick up your order, but do not enter the hospital. Our staff will bring your order to your car. You can also use our online store and have your food delivered directly to your home. To sign up for the Online Store, please visit our website.

5. For the time being, we are not accepting cash as payment. Credit cards and debit card payments are still available.

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

Following the recommendations of our government and medical experts, we are doing our best to practice social distancing within the constraints of our jobs. We have taken these measures to avoid both contracting and facilitating the spread of this disease.

Thank you for helping us be diligent for everyone's safety. As we have heard from all levels of government, the situation is fluid, and any updates will be provided as changes occur.

- Your dedicated team at Briarwood Animal Hospital