Tips on keeping your pet’s teeth and gums healthy in the comfort of your home.


Dental disease in our pets can prevented in the vast majority of cases and often it’s easy to achieve and maintain healthy teeth and gums at home.

There are many different methods to prevent dental disease and to assist with dental hygiene at home, some of which include:

  • Regular brushing
  • Treats and chews
  • Dental diets
  • Dental toys

Both Petbarn stores and Greencross Vet clinics offer a great range of treats, chews, diets, oral treatments and toys that can help maintain your pet’s breath and sparkly smile.

Home care tips such as daily brushing with a pet toothbrush or finger brush and pet specific toothpaste can help control plaque build-up and prevent periodontal disease.

Treats, chews and dental toys such as the Kong encourages your pet to chew and it is this action that aids in the removal of plaque via physically rubbing and spreading your pet’s protective saliva. These should not be relied on solely for dental prevention but are a useful addition to your pets dental home care program.

There are many premium dry pet foods and special dental treats are available for both cats and dogs and are specially designed to keep pets teeth cleaned whiles still providing them with a complete balanced diet. These foods contain enzymes and ingredients similar to those found in our toothpaste which help to slow the dental disease process and help prevent plaque from forming on the teeth.

Just like us, in addition to daily brushing, twice yearly visits to our dentist is important and it’s the same for our pets. In conjunction with your pets dental home care program it is important that they have regular dental check-ups with their local veterinarian.

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