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Cowesett Animal Hospital
50 Calhoun Avenue
Warwick, RI 02886
401-732-4050 Fax:401-732-4093

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Hours

Mon, Thurs, Fri  8:00a-5:00p 

Tues 8:00a-6:00p  

Wed 8:00a-7:00p  

Sat 8:00a-12:00p

Holidays: We will be closed on New Year's Day, Memorial Day, July 4th, Labor Day, Thanksgiving and Christmas Day.

We will close early on New Year's eve, Thanksgiving eve, and Christmas eve.

Emergency Care
After hours, we recommend
Ocean State
Veterinary Specialists

401-886-6787
Open 24 hours
 

Dental Health Home Care for Your Pet

The best home care you can give your pet is to brush his or her teeth daily – just like ours. Pets get gingivits and periodontal disease just like us. By age 4, 80% of pets have some level of dental disease. Brushing once a week is not often enough to remove plaque and prevent tartar. Imagine what your teeth and gums would look like if you only brushed once a week! While daily brushing seems like a large committment, it can become a daily habit and a pleasant and rewarding experience for you and your pet.

Use only pet tooth paste; human toothpaste has flouride and foaming agents and should not be swallowed. Pet toothpaste is flavored, increasing the pet's acceptance. Use a soft child's toothbrush (we sell them inexpensively) or gauze or a finger brush-whatever works best for you.

Here are some steps to gradually introduce your dog or cat to tooth brushing:

  • Rub muzzle, give a treat.
  • Lift lip, give a treat.
  • Rub teeth with toothpaste (we recommend C.E.T. brand for animals) or tuna juice.
  • Increase the time and pressure used while rubbing teeth.
  • Let pet lick C.E.T. paste off toothbrush.
  • Gently and briefly clean teeth with the toothbrush.
  • Increase the time spent brushing.

Expect this process to take 1-3 weeks.

Eventually, we want you to brush your pet’s teeth at a 45 degree angle to the gum, concentrating on the outer surface of upper teeth. Go slowly and praise often. Keep the sessions very short at first to keep your pet interested and from developing a negative association with dental care.

We recommend you keep the toothbrush and paste in a convenient location so you’ll be more likely to use them daily. It might take 2-4 weeks of daily 1-minute sessions to train your pet. Incorporate handling her muzzle every time you pet her.

Other ways to help keep your dog or cat’s mouth healthy:

  • Clean food and water bowls every day.
  • Trim long hair around muzzle.
  • Offer C.E.T. chews and monitor for safe use. If your dog swallows whole chunks of any chewy toy or rawhide, remove it and do not reuse.
  • Buy oral care diets, such as those offered by Iams or Science Diet or Hill’s T/D.
  • VOHC.org offers tips and other home care products.