At Home Pet Dental Care

Oral disease is the #1 health problem diagnosed in dogs and cats. You can help keep your pet’s teeth strong and healthy at home – and positively impact their overall health – with these tips for home dental care and pet tooth brushing.

Following a consistent dental home care program will safeguard your pet’s dental health and result in fewer professional dental cleanings, reduce tooth loss and dental disease, and a happier, healthier pet.

  • Start brushing their teeth as soon as possible – 8-12 weeks old is best. If you brush every day, your pet will become familiar with the routine when their permanent teeth erupt.
  • Work with your pet’s mouth. Be patient and make it fun. Use love and praise, and try to practice at the same time each day to establish a routine.
  • Choose a quiet time, such as late in the evening, or if you pet is motivated by food, try just before dinner so your pet will be rewarded for cooperation.
  • Handle the muzzle and touch your pet’s lips and work up to rubbing the gums with your finger. Put a few drops of low sodium beef broth, or for cats, tuna juice on your finger, and then work up to chicken or tuna flavored veterinary toothpaste on your finger.
  • Finally, use a finger brush or a soft veterinary or human toothbrush to brush the teeth. Hold the brush at a 45-degree angle to the teeth and brush gently back and forth or in a circular pattern from gum to the tip of the tooth. Offer rewards and treats when your pet allows you to brush to keep it a positive experience.
  • Consider other dental aids. We have a large selection of dental chews, wipes, toothbrushes, pastes, and brushing kits right here in our pharmacy!

For dogs –

C.E.T Chews in a variety of sizes $21-33

C.E.T Veggiedent Chews $30-34

DentAcetic Wipes – $20

CET Toothpaste $16

Vetoquinol Toothbrush kit $21

Prescription Diet Canine t/d original & small bites – $34-103 (depends on bag size)

*We do not recommend very hard treats such as bones, hooves and antlers because dogs may break their teeth on them.

For cats –

Greenies $4+

CET Cat Toothbrush + paste $10

DentAcetic Wipes – $20

Vetoquinol Toothbrush kit for cats $19

Prescription Diet Feline t/d $31-60

For a more extensive list of approved products, consider visiting the Veterinary Oral Health Council (VOHC)