They include dental chews and treats, dental sprays and gels, and toothpastes for brushing. Click here for some of my favorites and a shopping list for your pet.
Each of these products offers its own benefits. And all will have some impact on making your dog’s teeth cleaner and reducing the signs of dental disease.
But NONE REPLACE AN ORAL EXAM BY YOUR VETERINARIAN. Your veterinarian can check for signs and symptoms that these products cannot, such as:
- Broken and loose teeth
- Signs of gum disease
- Oral and facial cancers
- Root problems (why your pet needs dental x-rays!)
So before you rely only on off-the-shelf products for your pet’s dental care, make sure they have a through exam with their veterinarian.
The products are a good way to SUPPLEMENT your vet’s care. They are NOT a replacement for veterinary care.
Using these products WILL help make you a better observer of your pet’s oral health.
By using them you will become more familiar with “what is normal” and how your pet’s mouth SHOULD look. Then when something doesn’t look quite right, you’ll know it.