Friendship Animal Hospital, P.C.

9825 S. Mason Rd., Suite 150
Richmond, TX 77406




Regular dental hygiene can prevent, or slow the progression of periodontal disease, which is one of the most common medical conditions of adult dogs.

Various hygiene options exist and can include:

  • CET chews daily
    • Don't add significant calories
    • Tooth cleaning enzyme
    • Antibacterial
  • Dental diets
    • Science Diet Oral Care
    • Hill's T/D diet
    • Various others, both prescription and over the counter
  • Toothbrushing
    • Fluoride free, flavored
  • Dental treats
    • Greenies, others





  • DA2PP (Distemper/ Adenovirus type 2/ Parasite Control Monthly heartworm preventive
    • Needed for all dogs, once a month, year round
    • Sentinel
      • Controls heartworms, hookworms, roundworms, whipworms, and fleas
      • Recommended for most dogs
    • IverHeart Max
      • Controls heartworms, hookworms, roundworms, and tapeworms
      • Recommended for dogs with a lapse in monthly prevention
    • Other choices exist and can be discussed as needed
    • once a year if taking monthly heartworm preventive
    • 2 times a year for routine screening
    • Commonly found parasites:
      • Hookworms - contagious to people
      • Roundworms - contagious to people
      • Whipworms
      • Giardia - contagious to people (not proven if direct transmission from dogs, but possible)
      • Coccidia
      • Tapeworms
  • Fecal Examination by Centrifugation
  • American Heartworm Society Guidelines and info available at
  • Heartworm Test