How can I prevent dental disease in dogs and cats without brushing?

Original Question: Besides brushing, what are some other ways to prevent dental disease in dogs and cats? - Anonymous

How can I prevent dental disease in dogs and cats without brushing? Sep 27, 2020

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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