What is the best dental treat for dogs?

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Every loving owner enjoys giving their doggo a treat from time to time. What is even better is when these treats actually provide some degree of benefit to his health and wellbeing. Dental health is just as important for your dog as for your human family. Your dog needs his teeth for eating just like you do, and decay and periodontal disease can cause him to experience pain, suffering and potentially compromise the longevity of his teeth. Pets with bad dental health have also been shown to be more likely to develop chronic medical conditions including diabetes, heart disease, kidney and liver disease and varying types of cancer.

Dental treats are not only a special way to spoil your beloved pet. They can also be extremely effective at supporting his long-term dental health. However, with so many to choose from, what is the best dental treat for dogs?

Realistically, there are several types of dental ‘treat’ that are extremely effective for your canine companion and these fall into the following categories – chew toys and edible chews.

Doggo Chew Toys

You might not think that chewing is a habit that you want to encourage. Nevertheless, chewing the right things is actually very important for your furbaby. Not only does chewing help to prevent your dog from becoming bored, it is also great for his dental health. This is for two reasons. Firstly, chewing stimulates his body to produce additional saliva. Saliva acts as a neutralizer against plaque acids and also helps to wash away food debris and bacteria from your dog’s mouth before it has the opportunity to form plaque and cause decay and periodontal disease.

Secondly, chewing an abrasive chew toy that presses against your dog’s teeth will actually form an action that will help to clean them. Chew toys with nodules, grooves and ridges are ideal as these sections can help get into parts of his teeth and mouth that are typically difficult to clean yourself with a regular doggy toothbrush.

There are lots of different chew toys available in a range of shapes, sizes and colors, and so it may take a while to find one that your pet likes. Opt to provide a selection to give him variety and keep him interested.

Dog Dental Chews

Dental chews are widely available from virtually all pet stores and the vast majority of grocery stores. You can also buy a whole range of them online. They are a great treat to give your dog since you only need to give one or two each day (as directed by the instructions on your chosen product) which helps to make them special. Nevertheless, most contain ingredients that are specifically chosen to help boost your dog’s dental health. There are lots of tasty flavors available and many are also abrasive, providing that all-important cleaning action that will help to keep your dog’s teeth as healthy as possible.

Chews are better than biscuits and other edible treats since they require significant chomping to break them down, which will again stimulate the brushing action and trigger saliva production and help to eliminate plaque, bacteria and food particles you’re your dog’s mouth. When it comes to choosing your dog’s dental chews, try and opt for a variety with the Veterinary Oral Health Council (VOHC) approval label, which shows that they have met certain standards proven to benefit your canine’s dental health.

Many owners use a combination of chew toys and chewy dental treats to help keep their canine’s teeth in top condition. However, if you would like more advice on keeping your dog’s teeth clean, or you would like more specific product recommendations for dog treats for your pet, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with our experienced veterinary team here at Elko Veterinary Clinic. Call 775-204-0400 today!