Oral health for our dogs is extremely important, especially since our pups can suffer the same diseases we do. But that’s why there is dog dental treats for them.
There are a lot of reasons that we need to pay attention to the dental health of a dog. Just like humans, our pups can suffer from things like periodontal disease, pain, tartar build up, and other problems that can cause issues over time.
And according to Pets Web MD, when a dog suffers from dental problems it can lead to things like a loss of appetite, broken teeth, and more. But that’s not all, as they also said that dental issues, “may even damage other organs if bacteria get into the bloodstream through diseased gums.”
While the most important thing we can do for our pups is make sure they are getting regular teeth cleanings from a professional, and keeping their teeth brushed, there are also dental treats and chews that help as well. Dental treats and chews for dogs do have some oral benefits, but at the same time, there are also things to be cautious of.
Although dogs that are active chewers are much less likely to experience a build up of plaque, there are also dental treats and chews that can make the reduction of plaque nearly 70 percent more effective. While it is the chewing action itself that helps deal with the build up, there is also a coating of a substance called polyphosphate that is added to many of these dental chews which increases their effectiveness when it comes to eliminating tartar and plaque.
On top of their ability to get rid of plaque and tartar, these dental treats also help alleviate bad breath in dogs (which is a definite plus). Bad breath can be a sign of problems so it is always important to pay attention to your pup’s breath, but when it comes to the usual off smell, dental treats can help freshen our pet’s breath just like when we brush or use mouthwash.
It is important that whatever chew or treat you decide on is a match for your dog. Whatever you give them should fit their size, their overall personality (are they aggressive chewers), and even their preferences. If your pup is known for chewing through things, you may need to opt for something firmer than a small dog might get. And the smaller the dog, the less they should be given in terms of the treats anyway.
We definitely recommend doing your research first when it comes to using dental treats and chews. Check the labels, ask your veterinarian, and make sure that whichever option you choose is the perfect fit for your dog and his or her needs.
Some of the options out there include rawhide treats (which specifically help with plaque and tartar), dental biscuits and bones (such as the ones produced by Greenies, Bright Bites, and more), and chew toys (such as Kongs and Gumabones). So whatever you choose to go with, know that your dog’s oral health thanks you.
Have you given your dog dental treats and chews? Do you think they are effective? What is your favorite thing to give your pup to help with their oral health? Let us know in the comments.