Rawhide chews. Made from the hides of cows or horses, rawhide chews can reduce plaque and tartar. They come in different sizes and shapes.
Dental chews, bones, and biscuits. Greenies®, Del Monte Tartar Check® Dog Biscuits, Bright Bites, and Vetradent Dog Chews are examples of edible products approved by the VOHC.
Dog dental diets. Some dog food formulations help reduce plaque and tartar. They do this in a variety of ways. Some are made into larger kibble or a texture that resists crumbling, which creates a scrubbing action. Others have a special coating that helps prevent bacteria, reduce plaque, or discourage the formation of tartar. Ask your vet about these and special dental diets available only through the veterinary market.
Dog chew toys. Although not edible, chew toys such as Kong® toys, Plaque Attackers®, or Gumabones® may be a good choice, especially for dogs that chew through edible treats too quickly.
Taking Precautions with Dental Dog Treats
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Offer appropriate chew treats
Rawhide treats and other consumable items are readily available to pet owners and are effective in the control and removal of plaque and tartar from dog's teeth. Rawhide is highly digestible, and has not been observed to cause the digestive problems that conventional wisdom ascribes to them in the numerous scientific studies documenting its effectiveness. It has also been shown that coating rawhide treats with calcium sequestering substances such as sodium hexametaphosphate can further enhance plaque and tartar reduction. Chew treats that have earned the VOHC seal of approval include: Del Monte Tartar Check Dog Biscuit: Small and Large Sizes, Friskies Cheweez Beefhide Treats, Greenie Edible Dog Treats – multiple sizes (Note: this is the "Old" greenie product that has had some controversy regarding gastrointestinal problems), Hartz Flavor Infused Oral Chews: Large Dog and Small Dog sizes, Vetradent Dog Chews, and Feline Greenies.
Hard dental tartar (calculus) consists of calcium salts ..
Dental Cleaning by Your Veterinarian: To prevent dental disease, your dog needs routine dental care at home. But to perform good home care, you need to start with clean Del Monte Tartar Check Dog Biscuitâ¦
Treats: Tartar Shield® Soft Rawhide Chews