Question: Is there anything available that can help keep plaque off my dogs teeth?
Answer: Yes! The best “medicine” is daily toothbrushing. I hear you groaning…but there is absolutely no substitute for daily toothbrushing to keep gums healthy and plaque controlled in pets. For best results, brushing should start when pets are young and will easily adjust to teeth cleaning at home.
As pets age and develop tooth and gum disease, there may be pain associated with brushing and pets may be less willing to allow brushing. If your pet is completely unwilling to allow brushing, there are dental wipes that can help control plaque. You may also want to consider products that have been given the VOHC (Veterinary Oral Health Council) Seal of Acceptance. There have been several new products added in 2011.
Hope this helps.
Dr. Donna Spector
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