UVHvets prides itself on progressive and preventative medicine…and our approach to oral health for your pets is all about HOME CARE!!

Yes, we know that you know that you should brush your pets teeth daily…

But, did you know that we know that it is hard to do…

Nothing will replace as needed professional cleanings. Nothing!! BUT…there are 4 steps that will SLOW DOWN THIS Progressive DISEASE known as Periodontal Disease in cats and dogs! It is always best to start a home care routine once your pet’s teeth have been cleaned!! A fresh slate to begin with…

Check out this Home Care Sheet…

Home Oral Health Plan
We appreciate your commitment to your pet’s oral health! In honor of your commitment, we want to provide you with some at home oral hygiene options to fit your pets needs. If you can do a minimum of 2 options listed below you can dramatically improve pet’s overall oral health, and increase the amount of time between dental cleanings!
1. Brushing:
Brushing pet’s teeth is the gold standard, single and most effective means to maintaining good oral health. Every pet has a bacterial layer of film that forms on their teeth that within 24 hours begins to harden and turns into tartar. Once that layer has turned into tartar, only a dental cleaning is sufficient in removing it. Disrupting the formation of this layer will prevent the development of tartar and periodontal disease. If you are unable to brush your pet’s teeth at minimum every other day, then another one of our recommendations may better suit your pet.

  • How to brush pet’s teeth
    • Choose a pet safe toothpaste. This can be purchased through UVH or a pet supply store in a variety of flavors.
    • Pet safe toothpaste can be purchased through UVH or a pet supply store in a variety of flavors.
    • Apply the toothpaste with a soft toothbrush or a q-tip (for our feline friends) or fingertip brush in a gentle circular motion along the teeth. Keep in mind that we are only disrupting the layer of bacterial film, and avoiding trauma to the gum line.

  

2. Chewing:
Chewing can greatly aid in the fight against periodontal disease, and most pets find it an enjoyable activity! We offer a line of dental care products in our hospital that are approved and safe for your pet. If you choose to venture to your local pet supply store for dental care chews keep a few things in mind.

  1. Is your pet a good chewer? For chewing to be beneficial toward oral health, {AnimalName} should take 3-5 minutes to finish a treat.
  2. Not all rawhides are made the same! Look for a compressed ground rawhide that is an appropriate size for your pet. Just because they say “dental care” doesn’t always mean it’s safe!
  3. If you have questions or would like more information about what chew is safe for your pet please refer to a trusted source such as the Veterinary Oral Health Council website – www.vohc.org. You can also look for their white seal of approval on the back of a food or treat you find in the store.

3. Dental Care Diets:
Royal Canin along with Science Diet and other food companies have formulated a kibble that supports oral health. Traditional kibble usually requires minimal effort to break apart and chew. Dental diet kibble is a much larger kibble that has been “puffed up” with air and requires more penetration of the kibble before it crumbles. This provides the benefit of the kibble coming in closer contact with the gum line and disrupting the bacterial layer of film over your pet’s teeth. Your pet will be brushing their teeth simply by eating!
4. Oral Rinse:
We offer an oral antimicrobial formulated rinse that reduces plaque and freshens breath in both dogs and cats. It is formulated with chlorhexidine and zinc to fight plaque and gingivitis in the mouth. It is best used once a day after a meal. Simple spray along each gumline and your pet will lick and distribute the rinse throughout the entire mouth providing 6 hours of continuous protection.
If you have any questions or concerns regarding any of these recommendations please do not hesitate to contact us! We are dedicated to helping you and your pet in this journey of excellent oral health!

We are here to help you figure out what you can do and what your pet will let you do!! Do not hesitate to call Dr. Catherine and speak with her about your pets mouth. She is passionate about those pearly whites!

Use this February – National Pet Dental Health Month – in 2017 as your beginning to increase your pet’s home care routine!