PetMeds® Preventing Periodontal Disease in Dogs and Cats

Brushing your pets' teeth with enzymatic products like toothpaste and dental-specific treats like Greenies can help with dental maintenance. Periodontal disease can affect up to 80% or more of middle age and older dogs and cats. Symptoms often include buildup of plaque or tartar on the teeth, as well as inflammation or redness of the gums. Teeth or roots can become infected along with increased odor from the mouth or drooling. In my experience and opinion, giving healthy pets raw meaty bones can be one of the most effective ways for a pet to naturally self clean their teeth. I have not seen problems when bones are give raw in most cases.

Chicken wings, marrow bones, and beef/chicken backs can often be used depending upon the size of the pet. It is the cooked bones that often splinter and cause the most problems, in terms of digestive upset or obstructions. Certainly brushing pets’ teeth with enzymatic products like C.E.T. Enzymatic Toothpaste or providing C.E.T. Chews or Greenies can help with dental maintenance.   Usually at home brushing should be done at least 3 to 4 times a week to have some long term benefit. Without proper preventative dental hygiene, pets can develop progressive periodontal disease which can lead to oral pain and tooth loss, as well as possibly infection in other areas of the body such as the heart, kidneys or lungs.

If periodontal disease develops, your veterinarian can ultrasonically scale your pet’s teeth, which usually requires general anesthesia.  The frequency this is needed can vary.  Some pets need annual teeth cleaning, while others sometimes don’t need another cleaning for several years.

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  2. Where can I find beef or chicken backs without buying and trimming my own meat? Marrow bones? Gone are the days of the butcher who would save them for you…

  3. Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarianNovember 24, 2013 at 10:03 am

    It is hard Priscilla. Which area of country to you live in?. There must be some sort of local butcher. I know the Fiesta Pet Deli here in South Florida ships nationwide

  4. Bullet is 12 years old and has Periodontal Disease. I didn’t realize the great importance of taking care of his teeth till it was too late.We don’t have the money to have his teeth cleaned,he has multiple heath problems. He’s got tartar build- up real bad and has lost some teeth due to me trying to scrape it off with my fingernail. I’m trying to take better care of our other dog Little Bits teeth, buy brushing them when I groom her. Every Day they get a raw carrot or a Greenie to chew on.They like that . We heard of a natural toothpaste for dogs, that helps to remove plaque and tartar off teeth. It was working till the vet said it would hurt him because it had grapeseed extract or something like that in it. What can we do now.

  5. Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarianSeptember 27, 2014 at 4:56 pm

    Best product for this is one called Leba III from

  6. mY DOGS have let me do anything to them that I wish, so I have been cleaning their teeth from an early age. They are 3 now and 100 lb. lab mixed from the pound. My question : Is there a tool of some kind that I could get to clean their teeth. I have been using my metal fingernail cuticale pusher?

  7. Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarianOctober 10, 2014 at 5:07 pm

    There are prescription foods such as Hills T/D but in general there are no specific foods for this. I would use a great product like Leba III which you can get from

  8. i have been giveing my boxer peanut grapeseedextract for 2months she has gum deises she gets 4times aweek bad breath is gone ican see one side of her tooth its working shes 7 years old the name is 21st century herbal extract stanarsized cvs or should i buy oetmeds brand reply joyce

  9. Get a soft child’s or adults (depending on the size of your dog) toothbrush. I use Tropiclean tooth gel with a child’s toothbrush on my Maltese/shitzu every night. The vet has commented on how clean his teeth are. We went almost 2 years from the last cleaning. If you look at the Banfield well care from Petsmart you can get their teeth cleaned once a year as part of their plan. I pay 35 a month for my dog. It also includes all their vaccinations and physicals.

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