It is part of our daily routine to take care of our teeth by brushing twice daily or using mouth wash and even flossing. Our pet’s teeth have similar needs. It is a known fact that by the time our pets reach three years of age, 85% of them have some form of dental disease. If left untreated, oral disease can lead to serious consequences for your pet including severe pain, bad breath, and tooth loss. Chronic infection in the mouth can spread to other major organs which can seriously compromise your pet’s health.

You can reduce tartar buildup and the possibility of dental disease with some simple home care measures. At Claws & Paws Veterinary Hospital®, they carry CET home dental care products that contain an enzyme that inhibits plaque. All of the CET products are available for both cats and dogs. Just as daily brushing of our teeth is the best possible means to prevent tartar buildup, so is brushing our pets’ teeth. We know not to swallow toothpaste but our four-legged pets do not. Human toothpaste is toxic to pets, so a pet-friendly toothpaste is a must.

There are four different specially formulated CET dental home care products available to help prevent plaque and tartar buildup. All of them contain the patented dual-enzyme system to inhibit plaque.

  • CET toothpaste –specially formulated for pets.
  • CET Tartar control chews
  • CET drinking water additives
  • CET gel rinse

Claws & Paws Veterinary Hospital® Doctors recommend beginning the brushing regimen while your pet is a puppy and/or kitten. Make the brushing a special bonding/treat time with your four-legged family member. You should start slowly with getting the pet used to having his mouth touched. Use your finger, an infant toothbrush or a little finger brush or even a gauze pad to get started.

Place a little toothpaste on your finger or brush to get your pet used to the taste. Once you’ve got them familiar with this, you can begin daily care for your pet’s teeth. For brushing to be effective, it needs to occur at least every other day. However, daily brushing will be the most effective. It is important when brushing that you brush the gums as well as the teeth like you would do your own. The only difference is that you don’t have to brush the tongue side of the teeth. By doing this daily you can greatly reduce the amount of professional cleaning your pet may need, not to mention reduce tooth loss.

Smaller breed dogs tend to have tartar build up faster than our larger breeds. Therefore, they usually need to have their teeth cleaned more often. However, the amount of home care given and the breed of dog are also strong factors in how often your pet may need to have his teeth professionally cleaned.

“Coco” Camille is a perfect example of how daily brushing can make a profound difference in the need for a professional teeth cleaning. Mr. Sy Camille (a client of Claws & Paws Veterinary Hospital®) has a ten-year-old Toy Poodle named “Coco.” He has been diligent in brushing her teeth daily since she was a puppy. Because of Mr. Camille’s awesome at home health care for “Coco’s” teeth, she has never needed a professional teeth cleaning. Although, we can’t guarantee that this will happen with every pet whose owner brushes daily, “Coco” is a sterling example of how consistent quality dental home health care can impact a pet’s health. Mr. Sy Camille is to be commended for his loving care of “Coco.”

For more information about dental care of pets, please read through the Claws & Paws website at Special information can be found in its latest newsletter at Quarterly Prints. The veterinary hospital is located at 2556 E. Broadway St. in Pearland and may be contacted at 281-997-1426.