Dental Products For Dogs And Cats

February is Pet Dental Health Month! This is definitely a topic that needs some attention. Dental issues are unfortunately very prevalent among our furry friends, and can severely impact your dog or cat’s overall health and wellness, as well as their quality of life. A LaPorte, IN vet lists a few dental products for Fido and Fluffy below.

Consider Oral Rinses

If you thought of mouthwash when you read ‘oral rinses’, you wouldn’t be entirely wrong. Like our mouthwashes, rinses help fight germs and bacteria. The difference of course is that Fido and Fluffy aren’t going to spit theirs out. You would just add a bit to their water. Done!

Try A Dental Powder

Dental powders help fight plaque, which keeps it from forming tartar, which in turns helps protect your four-legged pal from gum disease. 

Dental Treats

You can also get Fido and Fluffy dental-formula kibble, treats, and chews. These help fight tartar, which, as you may know, goes hand-in-hand (or in this case, hand-in-paw) with gum disease. There are quite a few options, from tablets you would offer daily to chew sticks. (Tip: you can also try putting pet toothpaste on these.)


The best option for cleaning Fido or Fluffy’s teeth is brushing them, which you’ll of course need a toothbrush for. Just get one made specifically for pets: human toothbrushes aren’t angled the right way for them. 


While brushing your dog or cat’s teeth is great, pet toothpaste can be helpful even if your furry buddy won’t tolerate it. Put some on a chew treat for your canine companion, and just let him go to town. 


Keep an eye out for signs of dental issues. One thing to watch for is a change in eating habits. This may entail chewing on one side of the mouth, taking longer eating, preferring softer foods, and/or dribbling food. Bad breath is also a red flag, as are tartar buildup, bleeding gums, drooling, and swelling. Dogs may lose interest in chewing or playing, while Fluffy may paw her mouth or start looking unkempt. If you notice any warning signs, call your vet immediately. Finally, be sure to ask your vet for product recommendations, and find what’s best for your dog or cat.

Do you know or suspect that your pet has dental issues? Contact us, your LaPorte, IN veterinary clinic, today!

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