Oral Care at Home
Oral health is the foundation for your pet’s overall health and quality of life just as it is for you. Periodontal disease, gingivitis and painful mealtimes are realities for your pet as they are for you. It starts with plaque bacteria accumulation on the teeth. It affects and infects below the gum line; destroying tissue and causing bone loss — necessitating extraction of teeth and often more. This is by far the most common disease we see in pets and can start as early as one.
But there are two major differences between you and your pet’s dental health and care; your pet suffers in silence and depends on YOU to take care of its health.
Brushing your pet’s teeth
Plaque needs to be removed from your pet’s teeth before it mineralizes into tartar. Brushing your pet’s teeth each day will remove plaque build up. Make this a part of your pet’s daily routine. Remember that every time you brush your pet’s teeth, their overall health is improved. That means that brushing your pet’s teeth less frequently than recommended is still better than never brushing them at all. Ask us for a free sample toothbrush, pet toothpaste and instructions on how to get started.
Oral Hygiene solution is a tasteless product that can be added to your pet’s drinking water. It’s main ingredient kills the bacteria present in plaque to promote healthy gums. We recommend the brands of Essential Healthymouth, Clenz-a-dent or Oxyfresh.
Oral care foods and treats
Prescription t/d diet– Available through our clinic, this dog/cat food can be used as your pet’s main diet or used as special treats (3-4 kibbles per pet, per day). The t/d diet has special ingredients to help break up and remove plaque.
CET dental chews– These chew treats for dogs and cats are made with special enzymes to break up plaque and the chewing action helps remove the plaque. These chews should be used as treats and fed on a daily basis. Available through our clinic.
Greenies– These treats use natural ingredients and chlorophyll to break up plaque and freshen your pet’s breath. They are available for dogs and cats and should be fed daily. Available through our clinic.
Real butcher bones– These are available from a variety of grocers and butchers. These bones should be large enough that your pet can barely get their mouth around the bone. Smaller bones can cause damage to your pet’s teeth. These bones can be fed raw (if you are certain they are fresh and not contaminated with bacteria) or placed in boiling water for 5 minutes prior to giving them to your pet. These bones should be thrown away when they start chewing off quarter size or larger pieces of bone.
Sometimes even the most diligent home care routine is not enough to prevent dental disease. Check your pet’s mouth frequently or have us do it for you. Oral exams at Lyons Veterinary Clinic are always FREE!