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Veterinary Oral Health Council

October 28, 2011 by  
Filed under Cats, Dogs, Pet Care Library

The Veterinary Oral Health Council (VOHC) is an organization designed to “recognize products that meet pre-set standards of plaque and calculus (tartar) retardation in dogs and cats.”  The VOHC recognizes these products by giving them their “seal of acceptance.”  In order to achieve the seal, products must have gone through at least two separate clinical trials that demonstrate their ability to control plaque or tartar (some products help with both).

Periodontal disease (plaque, tartar, gingivitis, bone loss, infected teeth, etc.) is a progressive problem, and not one product will completely prevent it from progressing.  The most effective way of preventing periodontal disease is brushing your pet’s teeth.  Daily brushing is best as plaque can start to harden on the teeth in 24 to 48 hours.  VOHC approved products help as well.  If a dental product bears the seal of acceptance, then you can be sure that the product does what it claims to do, i.e. it works.

More information about the VOHC along with a list of approved products can be found at  At Olathe Animal Hospital, we recommend the following VOHC approved products:

Hill’s Prescription Diet t/d


Healthy Mouth Anti-Plaque Water Additive

Tartarshield Soft Rawhide Chews


Stop by the office or give us a call for more information regarding these products for your pet!



2 Responses to “Veterinary Oral Health Council”
  1. judith says:

    Can’t find where to purchase healthy mouth water additive for cats. Do you carry the product for purchase? Thanks.

  2. Matt Peuser, DVM says:


    You can order the product from Thanks!

    Dr. Peuser

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