We encourage all owners to have an at home preventative routine. Not all options work for every pet, so experiment to find what works for you! At home oral care can prevent oral disease, and in a few cases, can actually reverse damage. It may prevent you from having to put your pet under anesthesia for a a professional cleaning. The goal is to remove food residue (mechanical removal) and kill the bacteria living in the mouth (antibacterials.)
Brushing the teeth is the best option, as pet toothpaste is antibacterial, and brushing physically removes food residue. We recommend brushing 3-4 times weekly, or more often. Do not use a human toothpaste as they contain detergents that may make your pet sick.
2: CET chews:
CET chews are a good option, if your pet spends at least 10 minutes chewing on them. They are coated in an enzymatic cleaner that is antibacterial- as your pet chews on the rawhide, the cleaner reacts with their saliva to kill bacteria. Chewing on the treat can help remove food residue.
3: T/D diet:
T/D is a kibble formulated to resist crumbling and physically scrape the teeth clean as your pet chews. It is a completely balanced, low-calorie diet, and works best if you feed it as 25% or more of the diet.
Nolvadent is an antibacterial spray that is sprayed into your pet’s mouth once daily. It has a light mint smell. You can also use a washcloth wrapped around your finger to rub the teeth before spraying to help remove food debris.