Dental care is an important part of canine health, and when their is a dental issue it can become costly. Without brushing, plaque can build up, putting your dog at risk for bad breath, gum disease, and tooth decay. It can also cause painful infection. Severe infection can spread, causing life-threatening conditions. So it’s important to take the time to take care of your pets oral health.
Chews, water additives, powders, oh my! There are a ton of items on the market targeted to help improve canine oral health. Because there are so many options it can be overwhelming to figure out what works and what doesn’t. I always recommend talking to you Veterinarian for any recommendations. One great way to also find products to help improve is by finding products that have been Veterinary Oral Health Council approved, these products have clinical studies done to test their effectiveness. You can go to their website to find all approved products for both canine and feline oral health products.
Here are some of my favorite dental products to use. Please note that these are not items to replace actual brushing!
- OraVet Dental Hygiene Chews. These are the only dental chews currently on the market that contain Delmopinol which creates a preventive barrier from buildup and bacteria. You can give to your dog once daily, it’s an easy way to improve their oral health. I like to give to Walter [pug] whenever I am heading out of the house for a bit that way he has a little treat to chew on while I am gone. It keeps him happy and distracted while also keeping his teeth nice and clean. (With any treats it is important that you give while supervised to ensure they don’t choke, these treats are easy for Walter to chew through and have had no issues while supervised which is why I feel comfortable giving to him unsupervised – This is very important for me to mention)
- Vetriscience Perio Support Dental Powder. This product is a power additive for your pups food. It was designed for use between veterinary cleanings to help maintain clean teeth and fresh breath. In their own clinical studies they have found to reduce prevalence of plaque by 20% and tartar by 18% in a double-blind testing of 20 dogs in 28 day. Just sprinkle over food and bon appetit! It’s that simple and a great way to help maintain healthy teeth.
- Carrots. For many it’s already in your fridge and they are a great and easy treat to give your pup that is good for their teeth. They won’t get rid of existing plaque but it will help scrape any food particles that may be lingering.
- Greenies Dental Treats. I know you see these everywhere! They are actually VOHC approved which means they are clinically tested. While these are not something that I always have in my house like the items listed above they are my go to if I happen to run out of the OraVet chews. They are convenient to grab in almost any store – so they made the list.