Dental hygiene is one of the most overlooked areas of canine health. Neglecting your dog's teeth not only affects their mouth but can lead to serious health problems such as lung, kidney and heart disease.
In addition to annual professional teeth cleanings at the vet, home dental care is recommended and plays a vital role in your dog's overall health.
The most effective way to keep your dog's teeth healthy between professional cleanings is daily brushing, but many dogs find it unpleasant. Dog dental chews provide an alternative way to clean your dog's teeth by loosening and dislodging plaque that begins to build.
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Here are the 4 best vet recommended dog dental chews to keep your pup's mouth healthy.
CET Enzymatic Chews are made from select beefhide that provide clinically proven plaque control. As your dog chews, the natural antiseptic combined with an abrasive texture work to loosen plaque and freshen breath. The CET product line is the #1 recommended dental brand by veterinary professionals. In addition to cleaning teeth, these chews are an excellent boredom buster.
Always supervise your dog with these chews as rawhide can pose a choking risk. We highly recommend you teach your dog the “leave it” command and take it away when it becomes large enough to pose a choking hazard.
OraVet Dental Hygiene Chews block bacteria to help prevent plaque and calculus (tartar). These chews contain a special ingredient called Delmopinol which effectively form a defensive barrier against bacteria and freshen breath. Studies show that after nearly two months of use, dogs have 42% less plaque, 54% less tartar, and halitosis is reduced by 53%. OraVet Dental Hygiene Chews come in different sizes and are based on your dog's weight.
Hill's prescription Diet Food has a unique size and shape to scrub away at plaque and tartar. The special fiber matrix technology cleans the tooth surface and fights bacteria-laden plaque. Use this food as a treat in addition to your dog's regular food.
Rope toys are great because the fibers floss your dog's teeth. For more significant results, add a small amount of dog toothpaste to the rope toy and allow your dog to chew and play. It's important to supervise your dog to ensure their safety.
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