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What can I do for dental home care if my cat doesn’t like chews?

If your cat doesn’t appreciate getting a chew, you can still take some steps to help improve his/her oral hygiene. Oral antiseptic rinses are often used to help work against the plaque containing bacteria that can form on the tooth surfaces. Products added to the drinking water can also help in the fight against plaque formation.

Below are some products that Virbac has developed to provide a selection of choices to suit your cat’s needs. Regular use of an appropriate oral rinse or water additive can be one part of a complete dental care program that will include examinations and professional care from your veterinarian. If you have questions about any of these products, be sure to talk with your veterinarian. As with any product you use on your pet, always listen to your veterinarian’s instructions and read the product label.

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C.E.T.<sup>®</sup> Oral Hygiene Rinse

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C.E.T.<sup>®</sup> Oral Hygiene Rinse

C.E.T.® Oral Hygiene Rinse

An antiseptic rinse that can be used with or without brushing and leaves cats’ breath smelling fresh. The unique bent-stem applicator makes it easy to use.

Your Questions Our Answers

Can I use C.E.T.® Oral Hygiene Rinse for patients with diabetes mellitus?

Although no studies were conducted with this product in diabetic animals, C.E.T. Rinse contains no sugar or dextrose.

What is the flavor of C.E.T. Rinse?

C.E.T. Rinse has a citrus/mandarin orange flavor.

C.E.T. AQUADENT<sup>®</sup> Drinking Water Additive

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C.E.T. AQUADENT<sup>®</sup> Drinking Water Additive

C.E.T. AQUADENT® Drinking Water Additive

When used along with your cat’s regular home dental care program, this water additive helps freshen your cat’s breath and helps keep plaque from forming. To use, simply add 1 teaspoon to your cat’s fresh drinking water every day.

Your Questions Our Answers

Is the xylitol contained in C.E.T. AQUADENT® Drinking Water Additive safe for dogs or cats?

Xylitol is included in C.E.T. AQUADENT Water Additive because of its significant benefits in oral health. Research shows that xylitol, a five-carbon sugar alcohol, has an antibacterial effect on oral bacteria, anti-adhesive properties against dental plaque, as well as anti-calculus forming properties in both dogs and cats.1

Virbac has received questions like yours involving a mistaken association of C.E.T. AQUADENT Water Additive and the toxicity of xylitol in dogs. Frequently, these reports have misinterpreted the ASPCA’s information on the subject. It should be noted that as an animal health company committed to the health and well-being of animals, Virbac supports the ASPCA’s campaign to educate pet owners about the dangers of xylitol contained in common human products such as gum, candy, and sugar replacement products. For example, only one piece of chewing gum can contain as much as 1,000 mg of xylitol. This amount of xylitol may be toxic to a 22 lb. (10 kg) dog. 

It should also be noted that C.E.T. AQUADENT Water Additive has been specifically formulated for use in dogs and cats with a safe level of xylitol when used according to label directions. In fact, Dr. Eric Dunayer, formerly of the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center (APCC), board certified by the American Board of Toxicology, Inc. (DABT) and having a special interest in xylitol toxicosis, specifically states in a risk assessment paper written about C.E.T. AQUADENT Water Additive:

“Based on published studies of xylitol toxicity in dogs and the APCC’s experience, proper use of this product (according to label directions) should not present a risk of hypoglycemia in dogs. In addition, no significant hepatic toxicity would be expected either.”2

Because xylitol is rapidly metabolized, accumulation in the body does not occur from one consumption episode to the next. To illustrate further, that same 22 lb. dog mentioned in the example above, would need to consume 5 gallons (~40 lbs.) of water treated with C.E.T. AQUADENT Water Additive in a single drinking session to receive a toxic amount of xylitol. Therefore, pets drinking water treated with C.E.T. AQUADENT Water Additive, when used according to label directions, receive levels of xylitol well below that which has been determined to be toxic to dogs.


  1. Clarke, David E., BVSc, DAVDC, FAVD, MACVSc; 2006, J Vet Dent, 23(2).
  2. Dunayer, EK and Khan, SA, (February 2006), Risk Assessment of Xylitol in Dogs and Cats.

Can C.E.T.® AQUADENT® Water Additive be used with other dental products?

Yes, C.E.T. AQUADENT Water Additive is formulated by veterinary dental specialists to help freshen your pet’s breath and maintain oral health.  It can be used in conjunction with a regular home dental care program.

Can I premix and refrigerate water containing C.E.T. AQUADENT Water Additive?

Fresh water with C.E.T. AQUADENT Water Additive should be made every 24 hours per the label instructions.  We do not recommend premixing and refrigerating treated water prior to use.

Can C.E.T. AQUADENT Water Additive be used in circulating water fountains?

It is not recommended. Most fountains have filters for organic compounds. Since xylitol is an organic compound, the filter may remove the xylitol.

Is the sediment in C.E.T. AQUADENT Water Additive normal?

Light sedimentation is to be expected.  These particles are a normal occurrence as a part of the formulation.

Can C.E.T. AQUADENT Water Additive be used for cats and dogs with a history of crystals or bladder stones?

We do not know how C.E.T. AQUADENT Water Additive will affect urine pH. We do not have studies with the use of C.E.T. AQUADENT Water Additive in crystal/stone disease.

If you have questions about any of these products or specific concerns about your pet’s health, print out our Checkup Checklist and contact your veterinarian.