Pets Corner – April 2019

Here’s my girl Lily demonstrating a healthy mouth

Pets Corner April 2019

This month I’ve got some dental health tips for cats and dogs!

  • The notion that kibble helps to clean your pet’s teeth is a myth. Eating kibble doesn’t scrub your pet’s teeth any more than eating crunchy food cleans our own teeth! The only exception to this rule is kibble that has been clinically developed and proven to clean teeth.
  • You can identify kibble and other oral health products that are proven to clean your pet’s teeth by looking for a seal on the packaging that states “VOHC Approved”. This seal indicates that the product has been certified by the Veterinary Oral Health Council, an independent body of veterinary dental specialists. Products with the VOHC seal are proven to remove tartar or plaque or both from your pet’s teeth. Go to to see lists of certified products.
  • Yes, you should brush your pet’s teeth! You can purchase a toothbrush and toothpaste at your veterinary clinic; human toothbrushes with soft bristles are ok to use, but don’t brush your pet’s teeth with human toothpaste as it often contains sweeteners like xylitol that are toxic to dogs especially. Happy brushing!

Melissa Harris

Barks and Recreation