This article covers the use of various products by owners in order to keep the teeth clean and the mouth healthy between scaing and polishing procedures. The evidence in favour of daily toothbrushing is overwhelming. This article covers the alternatives often purchased by owners who do not wish to brush and highlights the lack of clinical and/or scientific evidence for many of them. It also covers the sort of damage to teeth that frequently occurs if hard objects are given to provide cleaning or amusement. Bone and hard nylon chews are the main culprits. We know that as little as 90 kg of force (kgf) will fracture the main cusp of the upper carnassial tooth. Given that rawhide chews can provide 200-300 kgf this puts the use of hard nylon chews and bones in perspective as they break the pressure testing probes at 500kgf. DOWNLOAD HERE.

From April 2009 to April 2012 we offered owners of cases of FCGS the option of being included in a research project being run by the Comparative Molecular Medicine & Therapeutics Group at Glasgow University Veterinary School under the direction of Professor David Bennett.

We needed 25 cases over two years. These cases will be run clinically by us in the normal manner including elective extractions and interferon therapy where indicated. The advantage to the owners is that all lab work will be performed free of charge. This includes virus isolation and serology, virus and bacterial DNA determination, bacterial culture (including anaerobes), blood biochemistry and hematology and histopathology of tissue. This large research project will also include 180 questionnaires from owners across the UK. Hopefully this detailed project will advance our knowledge on what causes this frustrating condition and help with prevention and treatment.

In March 2007 we opened the first dedicated veterinary dental and oral surgical clinic in the UK. This clinic is located in North Berwick to the east of Edinburgh and is intended to serve clients' animals from Scotland and the north of England. Further information and maps are available from the Locations page

"The best day of CPD I have ever been to." (Victor Bates MRCVS, Abercorn Veterinary Clinics)

Our new dedicated facility in North Berwick provides custom courses for your staff - vets and nurses. We can provide an exclusive day for a practice or you can share with others. If this is of interest you can download our course brochure and FAQ sheet for info plus a testimonial published in Vet Times from a past BSAVA/BVA president. Over 100 practices have used this facility to educate their staff in dentistry. For further information email Fiona Johnston MRCVS at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.:


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Our Veterinary Dental interactive CD is on sale now direct to you. The cost is only £15.40 including P&P and VAT anywhere in the world.

This programme has been written by us in conjunction with the eMedia/Learning Resources Development Unit of the Royal Veterinary College, London. It is available as a CD-ROM programme to practices and for students on their school intranet.

Sales are now handled by ourselves allowing us to make a substantial reduction in the costs previously charged. Payment can be by cheque, credit or debit card, cash or PayPal. To order please E-mail us directly on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.