You tried your best, but it just isn’t worth the stress of trying to brush your pet’s teeth. No matter how gradually you attempted to introduce different types of brushes and flavorings of toothpaste, your furry friend was not a fan. Look no further than this list if you’re seeking additional ways to help care for your pet’s teeth at home.

#1: Chewing gum and dental treats

If your pet rejects brushing, try luring them with goodies and chews. Look for dental products endorsed by the  Veterinary Oral Health Council (VOHC), as these have proven to be effective at reducing plaque and tartar buildup. Avoid too-hard objects when looking for the ideal chew for your pet because they might cause tooth fractures. Instead of choosing goods like Greenies, WHIMZEES, or Purina DentaLife snacks, leave antlers, hooves, and bones on the shelf.

#2: Additives to food and water

The primary cause of dental disease in pets is bacterial overgrowth in the mouth, which liquid water additions can decrease. The food additives’ enzymes, typically powder form, gently wipe away plaque. Both branches can lessen the buildup of tartar, plaque, and bad breath.

#3: Dental diets on prescription

If your pet currently consumes standard adult pet food, you might want to convert to a prescription, dental diet. These diets typically use larger kibble with an airy, fibrous texture that breaks up readily, allowing the kibble edges to scrape away tartar and plaque.

These items can make at-home dental care a breeze because none of them require you to put your hand inside the mouth of your reluctant pet. Considering that brushing is the industry standard for at-home canine dental care, combine the items above for the best effectiveness.

Make an appointment with us to maintain your furry friend’s oral health!