The Scottsdale Veterinary Clinic Dog and Cat Dental Care Recommendations

Good teeth and gums are very important to the health of your pet. the average animal lives 2-3 years longer with healthy teeth than those with gingivitis and tartar. Bad teeth and gingivitis can lead to heart disease, kidney and liver failure, and many other diseases.

1. We recommend you try brushing your pet’s teeth 2 times weekly. Brushing is the cheapest and most effective option for maintaining their teeth. You can buy toothpaste and toothbrushes at Scottsdale Veterinary Clinic or at the local pet store. Some pets tolerate a finger brush very well. Do not use a human tooth paste as these cannot be swallowed. Dentacetic wipes may be used as an alternative to brushing. This is a wipe that already has impregnated “toothpaste”. If you are unable to brush your pet’s teeth on a regular basis, ask about our brushless dental cleaning plan option for maintaining your pet’s teeth.

2. You can also use dental chews, and we recommend CET HEXTRA chews. A recent study in the Journal of Veterinary Dentistry noted a 46% reduction in gingivitis in dogs who were given rawhide chews. CET chews have enzymes that help eat the tartar off the teeth. The chews also have an antibacterial agent (Chlorhexidine gluconate) that acts like a mouth wash. These additions help to scrape tartar and plaque off the teeth and reduce bacteria in the mouth. If you purchase other chews from a local pet store, please keep in mind that they must be “enzymatic” to be really effective.
*Most chews are safe and very beneficial to the teeth, however, if your pet swallows them whole they must be discontinued as they can cause a blockage and may require surgery. Other rawhides/chews tend to cause more problems with diarrhea or vomiting as they are cured with formaldehyde. The CET Chews are cured with a “bake and press” method which make them safer to give to your pet, and easier to digest when swallowed.

3. We recommend starting your pet on Plaque Off. This product bonds to tartar, breaks tartar off the teeth, and helps prevent new tartar from forming. Simply add this powder to their food daily. This product works well for dogs and cats that do not like to chew or are too sick for a sedated dental cleaning.

4. Greenies can be beneficial to the teeth. Make sure your pet does not swallow them whole as they can cause a blockage which may require surgery. Cat’s take the feline greenies very well.

5. Dental cleanings are recommended for all pets with tartar and gingivitis, or for those pets who may require tooth extractions. At The Scottsdale Veterinary Clinic we have great discounts on our Brushless Option for Pet Dental Health. The brushless dental option includes dental cleanings every 6 months to keep the teeth in the best health. These dental cleaning are significantly discounted to make this procedure affordable and keep your pet in the best health. Most dogs and cats will require their first cleaning between 2-5 years of age. The dental cleaning cost $320. We have dental plans that help you save more money on their cleanings. This dental includes bloodwork, fluids, anesthesia, dental x-rays, exam, and the cleaning. Call for more details at 480-945-8484.