Dogs are a lot like people when it comes to oral health. Just like our teeth, it is important to clean canine teeth. It’s recommended to clean your dog’s teeth twice a week. Professional cleaning once a year is also recommended. There are also some treats that you can feed your pet that help to keep those pearly whites clean.
“Dental treats are designed to help reduce plaque or tartar, helping to keep your dog’s mouth healthy,” Dr. Zay Satchu, cofounder and chief veterinary officer at Bond Vet in Brooklyn, New York said. “And as an added bonus, dental treats can help freshen up your pup’s breath — which makes it much more pleasant to enjoy your dog’s kisses.”
“Search for quality ingredients and a low-fat content that won’t interfere with your dog’s meal plan or dietary health,” Dr. Zay said. “Plus, the treats are still an indulgence, so limit the number of treats you feed to your dog.” Also, he added, “Brushing your dog’s teeth is the gold standard of care.”
Let’s Take A Look At Some Of The Dental Treat Options
These popular treats feature a special texture that is made to clean down to the gum line to fight plaque and tartar. An added bonus is that Greenies freshen breath. “These are praised for their size variety and easily digestible ingredients,” Dr. Zay said.
OraVet treats have delmopinol in them which assists with getting rid of plaque buildup. “The chews are specifically designed to clean and protect from plaque-causing bacteria and they are Veterinary Oral Health Council [VOHC] approved,” Dr. Zay said.
Tartar Shield comes in different forms. You can choose from rawhide chews, tabs, biscuits and sprinkles options. “These are a great option for pets, seeing that they are VOHC-approved, palatable and offer many options for picky eaters,” Dr. Zay said.
Bristly is a chew toy with toothbrush qualities. It is made from non-toxic natural rubber while featuring a design made for dogs to hold with their paws. “These are great for those that like the taste of pet toothpaste,” Dr. Zay said.
Final Thoughts About Dog Dental Treats
When choosing dog dental treats, remember that you have options. If your dog doesn’t like a certain treat, try another. The important thing is to make sure that you are cleaning your dog’s teeth. Treats can help to make that process easier because there will be less plaque buildup.