Home Dental Care

Tuggeranong Veterinary Hospital can give you recommendations on improving your pet’s dental health. In some cases your pet may need to undergo a general anaesthetic for a thorough clean, and sometimes tooth extraction(s) may be required. 

With EARLY dental disease, your Veterinarian may recommend a home care plan to keep your pet’s teeth and gums healthy. 

The following is a list of dental health products we often recommend: 

Plaque Off 

  • Available for dogs and cats.
  • Action: aids in softening existing tartar to make them easier to remove, and also prevent new tartar from building up. 
  • Easy to administer,  comes in a powder form and all you need to do is to sprinkle or mix through the powder with your pet’s food once daily. 
  • Made from all natural ingredients:  Ascophyllum nodosum which is a seaweed; the cat version also contains brewer’s yeast. 
  • Contraindicated for dogs  with hypothyroidism (reduced thyroid hormones). Safety has not been evaluated for pregnant and lactating dogs or cats. 

Hill’s Prescription Diet T/D 

  • Available for dogs and cats. 
  • Dry biscuits specially designed to help clean teeth. 
  • 2 sizes available for dogs: original T/D and small bites T/D. 
  • Recommend to feed 3 pieces of T/D in each meal mixed with your pet’s regular dry food.
  • Larger size kibble encourages chewing. Special fibre alignment within the kibble works like a tooth brush to gently scrub away plaque. 
  • Contains no mineral abrasives or active chemicals. 
  • Carries the Veterinary Oral Health Council’s Seal of Acceptance.
  • Higher fat content, therefore not suitable for pets that are already overweight, or pets with a history of pancreatitis. 

OraVet dental hygiene chews 

  • Available for dogs only, in 4 different sizes.
  • The only dental chew that contains the special ingredient delmopinol.
  • Dental chew with dual action that cleans through the scrubbing action of the chew resulting in reduced plaque and tartar build-up. It also protects by the inclusion of delmopinol that forms a barrier to help protect against plaque and calculus buildup for a cleaner mouth and fresher breath.
  • One chew a day is recommended. 
  • Clinically proven to reduce calculus by 57% with daily use over a month. 
  • Palatable to most dogs.
  • High-density chewy texture results in a longer-lasting scrubbing action and also keeps your pooch occupied for longer. 


If your pet would tolerate brushing teeth, try brushing 3-4 times a week.

Use a baby tooth brush, moistened with water or chicken broth.

Or use a finger toothbrush (available at the vet).

Once your pet accepts brushing, add in pet toothpaste while brushing. 

Never use human toothpaste – can cause fluoride toxicity in dogs and cats.