|Dental tartar and periodontal disease aren’t just concerns for us humans; they are in pets as well, especially in adult and senior pets. Left untreated, periodontal disease can lead to discomfort, tooth loss, and secondary infection in the mouth and other areas of the body. Fortunately, there are many safe and effective dental chews that can help pet owners prevent progressive periodontal disease.|
One of the most important guidelines is to make sure that dogs are always attended when chewing on any rawhides or chews. Products such as Nylabone help control plaque and clean teeth in addition to massaging the gums. These products are very hardy and long lasting for most pets. Many nylon chews have tiny fibers that will eventually be chewed off, and swallowed and passed safely in the stool.
While rawhides are indigestible, cow hooves offer pets a digestive protein, and have a strong attractive odor when moist for most pets. I have found cow hooves to be problematic in many pets if ingested in large amounts. Both raw hides and pig ears should be taken away when the dog has chewed them down to a size small enough for the dog to swallow.
My favorite dental products for pets are the C.E.T chews and treats which help clean teeth and freshen breath, in addition to decreasing bacteria and tartar buildup. The duel enzymatic system fight harmful bacterial buildup, as well as freshening your pet’s breath and acting as a natural antiseptic.
Does your pet have a favorite chew treat or dental chew? Please share your comments below!