Home Care

How can I prevent periodontal disease in my pet?

Brushing

Daily brushing of your pets teeth is the best defense against periodontal disease. A soft bristled brush or finger tip brush works well, ask our staff for one. We carry a variety of flavored veterinary approved toothpastes to use including: beef, vanilla mint, poultry and seafood. Please do not use human toothpaste or baking soda. Human toothpastes are often made with various foaming agents that are intended to be rinsed, not swallowed. (Pets don’t rinse!) Even occasional consumption of these toothpastes may cause stomach problems or diarrhea. The high sodium level of baking soda may cause serious problems in some animals, especially those with kidney or heart problems.

Brushing Teeth
Brushing Dog's Teeth
Home Care

Nutrition

Specially formulated preventive dental diets for dogs and cats can reduce tartar and plaque by 50% or more. Regular, dry foods actually provide very little cleaning action since the pieces of food shatter when chewed, never reaching the gum line where gingivitis and periodontal disease develop. But dental diets are different. The internal structure of these unique foods has been altered in such a way that the tooth penetrates the piece; at the same time, the fiber is laid parallel to the surface, resulting in a very effective “squeegee” action all the way down to the gums. It is the most popular home care option, because you don’t have to do anything “to” your pet. You can use these types of food as a daily diet, as treats or as a topping to the daily food that you are already feeding. We will be happy to help you choose a diet that will work best for your pet.

Those Yummy Chews! 

We have two very popular options for your dog! Our private labeled RVVS Dental Chews are rawhide chews with help dissolve plague. We recommend giving your dog one chew each day to help prevent periodontal disease. These chews come in 30 count bags from Petite – X Large. We also carry Oravet Chews that can be used daily as well.

For cats we recommend Feline Greenies – the dental treats that cats love! We carry them in a tasty Ocean Fish flavor- bring some home to your favorite kitty today!

Our staff will be happy to help you put together a successful plan for your pets’ preventive home health care! Good dental care is one of the most important ingredients in your cat or dogs overall comfort, health and longevity. Please let us know if you have questions about your pet’s teeth or the dental cleaning procedure.

Don’t wait until symptoms occur! An annual professional dental cleaning by your veterinarian, along with regular home care, is the best way to prevent periodontal disease in your pet.

To schedule an appointment for your pet, please call us at 952-447-4118.