Taking Care of Your Pet's Teeth & Gums at Home
Whether you're just starting out or your pet is enjoying a fresh start after a professional dental exam and cleaning, it is important for you to continue the care at home (for both dogs and cats). Routine brushing will help prevent tartar buildup and gum disease. You may purchase special dog or cat toothpaste that is flavored and safe to digest. This can be a fun and healthy activity for the whole family! However, if your pet does not tolerate the brushing, special dental treats or food may also be used.
Dental Home Care Options:
These items (and much more) are available at Stream Valley. At your next visit, we will be happy to make product recommendations for your pet!
CET Chews: Rawhide-like chews that "combine the mechanical abrasive action of chewing with antibacterial systems to help control plaque and eliminate bacteria buildup."
Chews for Dogs
Chews for Cats
CET Toothbrushes and Toothpaste: Daily tooth-brushing is the best way to ensure your pet's good dental health. Start slowly, and be sure to reward your pet with a long walk or some play time afterwards. Toothpastes come in a variety of flavors to help make the experience more enjoyable.
Toothbrushes and Toothpastes for Dogs
Toothbrushes and Toothpastes for Cats
Greenies Dental Chews: These chew treats can be used daily to help control plaque and tartar buildup. They can also freshen breath.
Greenies for Dogs
Greenies for Cats
Hill's t/d Diet: A delicious kibble that is a nutrionally complete diet. Its special fiber matrix scrubs the exposed tooth surface like an edible toothbrush, reducing bacteria-laden plaque.
t/d for Dogs
t/d Small Bites (for Dogs)
t/d for Cats
Dr. Sheldon Rubin explains the importance of professional and at-home dental care, and he explains some home care techniques
(courtesy of the American Veterinary Medical Association / YouTube):