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Your Pets at Home Dental Care โ€“ Where to Start? ๐Ÿค”

Updated: Nov 30

Oral hygiene ๐Ÿฆท is an important factor in your petโ€™s overall health and is often forgotten about as part of their routine care. ๐Ÿ’• It is recommended your pet has a dental check at least once per year with your Veterinarian ๐Ÿ‘ฉ๐Ÿผโ€โš•๏ธ๐Ÿ‘จ๐Ÿปโ€โš•๏ธ so they can assess the condition of your petโ€™s teeth but what can you do at home ๐Ÿ  in between these visits?

Today we will cover dental chews and treats.

The idea behind dental chews is to remove plaque and tartar build up naturally via an animals mechanical ๐Ÿ˜ฌ chewing action; some types of dental chews have been proven to reduce plaque build-up by up to 70%. ๐Ÿ˜ฎ Some added benefits that come alongside this mechanical chewing action is a reduction in bad breath ๐Ÿ˜ท, improved gum health and the delay of tartar build up.

What Treats are the Best for my Pet?

It can be overwhelming trying to choose the correct product as there are so many available and some companies are very good at marketing, but their chews have little benefit to your petโ€™s dental health.๐Ÿถ๐Ÿฑ

Oravet โ€“ These dental hygiene chews not only provide mechanical cleaning but also contain an ingredient called Delmopinol. Delmopinol forms a barrier around the teeth which helps to reduce tartar and plaque build-up. These chews are for dogs only and are a great option.

Greenies - Greenies dental chews are available to both dogs ๐Ÿ• and cats ๐Ÿˆ and have been proven to reduce the amount of plaque and tartar ๐Ÿฆ  build up via the mechanical chewing action and specially shaped chews. These treats are low calorie and available in many different flavours ๐Ÿ—๐Ÿฅ“so you can find the one your pet loves best!

Pedigree Dentastix - These chews contain two active ingredients which bond to the calcium in saliva ๐Ÿ’ฆ and slow down the build-up of tartar. They are a cheaper made dental chew with higher fat & cereal ๐ŸŒฝ content and may not be as good of a quality as other brands but still work to some extent.

Whimzees โ€“ Whimzees dental ๐Ÿฆท chews have become increasingly popular as of late and work to clean your petโ€™s teeth via mechanical cleaning ๐Ÿงผ . They are grain free, vegetable ๐Ÿฅฆ based and claim to be 100% natural. These chews are a good option for dental cleaning and are a relatively low calorie treat for your pet.

Pigs Ears ๐Ÿท โ€“ While these might be a favourite of your pooch, they have not been shown to provide any dental benefit despite popular belief. They have also been found to harbour bacteria ๐Ÿฆ  if not consumed straight away. So these are best given as an occasional treat and discarded ๐Ÿ—‘ if your dog doesnโ€™t finish them straight away.

Rawhide โ€“ Rawhide is not recommended ๐Ÿšซ as a safe or adequate dental chew. Rawhides are made from the leftovers of the leather industry ๐Ÿ„ and are bleached, treated with lime and brined to prevent the decay process. They can also pose a serious risk of intestinal blockage if not chewed properly by your pet.๐Ÿคข

There are many other brands and types available for your pet additional to the ones listed above, if you are unsure it is always best to check with your Veterinarian ๐Ÿฅ before feeding. Keep an eye on our social media ๐Ÿ’ป๐Ÿ“ฑover the next month for further topics covering bones ๐Ÿฆด , at home teeth brushing, specially formulated dental diets ๐Ÿฝ, water additives ๐Ÿ’ง and much more!

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