Original Question: Besides brushing, what are some other ways to prevent dental disease in dogs and cats? - Anonymous
Brushing the teeth is the best way to reduce plaque bacteria on the tooth surface. Other options besides brushing will depend on a pet’s tolerance and the owner’s ability. There are products that can be directly applied by the pet owner such as a gel or rinse. If a pet will not allow you to handle their mouth or the owner is not physically able, then a product that is taken in through feeding or chewing would be best. Examples of these are dental chews, dental diets or supplements that you can add to the food. For a list of effective dental products, go to the Veterinary Oral Health Council (VOHC).
Jeanne Perrone, MS, CVT, VTS (Dentistry)
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