Brushing Pets’ Teeth
The best way to ensure your pet does not end up in the dental chair is to brush their teeth. Some owners are able to do this by brushing pets’ teeth at home and by watching the above video you can learn how.
NEVER USE HUMAN TOOTHPASTE ON PETS
Teeth brushing is most effective when the teeth are already clean and preventing accumulation of plaque and tarter. It can’t remove plaque and tarter that is already calcified to teeth.
What About All Those Tartar Control Pet Products?
A lot of treats, foods and dietary supplements claim to reduce or remove tartar. Not all of them have proven to work. The Veterinary Oral Health Council (VOHC) exists to recognize products that meet standards of plaque and calculus (tartar) retardation in dogs and cats.
A list of approved products can be found below. Products are awarded the VOHC Seal of Acceptance following review of data from trials conducted according to VOHC protocols. The VOHC does not test products itself. Look for the VOHC Seal of Approval when you shop for Tartar control products.
Click here for the VOHC list of approved products.