dog and catWhile many pet owners don’t put much thought into the oral health of their pets, your dog or cat are just as prone to the diseases of the teeth and gums as humans are. It’s important to take steps to ensure their mouths are clean and healthy, which includes brushing. It sounds tough, but it’s definitely possible with a little bit of training and a lot of patience. Here are some other products that promote great oral health in your furry friend.

For Dogs

Rawhide chews

Made from the hides of cows or horses, these types of chews reduce plaque and tartar on your dog’s teeth while they gnaw on them.
Dental chews, bones, and biscuits. Greenies®, Del Monte Tartar Check® Dog Biscuits, Bright Bites, and Vetradent Dog Chews are all products approved by the VOHC.
Drs Foster and Smith Toothbrushes. Because they come in packages of six and are inexpensive, one package will last a while. They also have slim handles and small brush heads that work well for canine mouths.

Avoid hard bones and pigs’ ears

The harder bones are pretty dangerous, especially for older dogs who may have diseased teeth. Fresh bones with meat and cartilage may be easier on them, but there’s a risk of bacterial contamination with these. There’s also the danger that your dog will swallow a sharp bone fragment, especially if they’re aggressive chewers. They also become dried out after a while, so be sure to take them away after a few hours.

For Cats

Petstages Dental Health Cat Chew Toys

These are great because they clean your kitty’s teeth and massage her gums while she chews. The catnip-filled padded center satisfies your cat’s chewing and crunching instincts while removing tartar from the teeth. The nylon netting also resists unraveling.

Tropiclean Teeth Gel for Cats

This one’s great for when brushing your cat’s teeth proves too difficult. The gel contains enzymes that kill germs that cause bad breath, plaque and gingivitis.

If you have questions about how to take care of your pet’s teeth, talk to your Gilbert veterinarian or go to ASPCA’s website.