At Home Pet Dental Care
Pell City Animal Hospital in Cropwell is more than happy to provide advanced dental care for your pet. However, while the results of professional teeth cleaning are certainly effective, they don’t last forever. For optimal oral health, your pet should also receive daily dental treatment at home. We understand that this isn’t always easy, but we can help you get started and show you the options that are available.
Get your pet into the habit of teeth brushing as early on in their life as possible. That way, they’ll become used to the treatment and be more cooperative. Brushing is just as effective for dogs and cats as it is for humans since it removes accumulated plaque and bacteria on the teeth before it can spread under the gums.
When brushing your pet’s teeth, only use toothpaste and a toothbrush designed for pets and brush gently in a circular motion along the gum line.
If a regular toothbrush isn’t working, you can also try a finger brush.
OraVet Dental Hygiene Chews are a great treatment option for dogs that are resistant to brushing. The chews are designed to grip your pet’s teeth when they bite down and remove accrued plaque. They also freshen breath and contain ingredients that coat your pet’s teeth as a barrier against future plaque buildup and calculus.
Be sure to give your dog their chews exactly as directed for best results. While OraVet chews are the best chew currently available, American-sourced enzymatic rawhide chews like Clenz-a-dents offer an economical option that can be very effective for many dogs.
Dental Prescription Diets
A dental care diet can be a good supplement for your pet’s at-home dental treatment. Certain dry foods are formulated specifically to prevent tartar buildup and support your pet’s dental health. One such option includes Hill’s ® Prescription Diet ® t/d ®.
Water Additives and Dental Sprays
Vetradent Water Additive and Dental Spray are new options to keep your pet’s teeth clean and breath fresh. They are formulated with Biotrate technology which binds to calcium, magnesium, and iron in your pet’s saliva to break down the film where the bacteria lives. The Water Additive is simply added to your pet’s drinking water, or for an alternative, the Dental Spray is simply sprayed on your pet’s teeth twice a day.
Have Questions? We Can Help!
It can be daunting to start or overhaul your pet’s at home dental care regimen, but we are happy to help. An excellent resource is the Veterinary Oral Health Council. Look for their seal of approval on home care products or visit their website at www.vohc.org. We are also just a phone call away at (205) 884-4104. Just give us a call or schedule an appointment to discuss your pet’s needs and how we can help you meet them.