Sink Your Teeth into This
Dentistry doesn’t just stop after a dental cleaning (COHAT)! Just like in humans, proper care at home is necessary to maintain good oral health. This should include brushing your pet’s teeth daily and using special dental treats and toys.
Veterinary Oral Health Council (VOHC)
There are a LOT of dental treat options out there, but unfortunately most of them may not actually help when it comes to oral health. That is why the VOHC came up with their seal of approval. If a company performs research to prove that their product is effective at preventing or treating plaque and/or tartar, that company can submit for VOHC approval. These products are the ones our veterinarians will recommend most often for your pet’s care.
Daily brushing is the gold standard for maintaining good oral health care. Check out our previous post for a guide to brushing.
You can also check out this video from the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA):
Dental treats are a good way to supplement brushing. The chewing action helps reduce plaque and tartar through mechanical action (similar to a toothbrush). Many of these treats also contain ingredients to help freshen up the breath.
For any type of treat, we always recommend the following:
- Feed the appropriate size treat for your pet.
- Supervisor your pet if they are chewing on something that isn’t meant to be ingested.
Specially formulated dental diets can slow down the formation of tartar and avoid the onset of dental disease. A dental diet may not be necessary for your pet, but some cats and dogs who have severe dental disease (or breeds who are highly likely to develop severe dental disease) may benefit. Ask your veterinarian if this if a dental diet is appropriate for your pet.
In addition to brushing, treats, and diets, there are many other products out there that are formulated to help with dental disease. Wipes, oral rinses, water additives, and food additives are all items that can help with plaque and tartar.
VOHC Recommended Products
If you are interested in any of these products, call our office or visit our online pharmacy: https://ottawaanimalhospital.vetsfirstchoice.com/.
Now It’s Your Turn!
Test your new knowledge with this brief quiz to be entered for a VOHC-approved dental treat for your pet! Click on this link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/QYDJDDH.