If we are very particular about the health and looks of our teeth, so should we for our pets. Humans have a variety of manufacturers for a myriad of toothpaste, toothbrushes, and flosses to fit our dental needs and preferences, just go to this page to find out so much more about what science and technology can do for our teeth! But today, dogs will not be set aside. There are now dog dental treats available for the health and appearance of our canine’s teeth and gums. Let us find out the different dog dental treats, its benefits, and what precautions pet owners must know when giving treats to their dogs.
Dog dental treats: What are they?
Like humans, dogs can also have gum and teeth problems due to cavities and tooth decay. However, unlike us, dogs cannot brush and floss their teeth regularly to ensure that their dental health is maintained. What they can only do is to eat and drink for their survival. So pet owners find ways to help them take care of their dental cavity, and one of these is through the use of dog dental treats. These are different edible toys or chewies that clean and strengthen dog teeth.
Types of dog dental treats
Dog treats the aid in cleaning and freshening your dog’s breath come in different kinds.
Rawhide bones. This chewy toy-like thing is made of dried cattle or pigskin that is shaped into a bone. Chewing and biting on these treats scrape off the teeth of dogs away from tartar and plaque, which in turn prevents cavities and bad breath.
Biscuits and dental chews. These are foods and treats given to dogs by their pet owners as a form of reward for a training exercise. You can buy these online or in pet stores and vet clinics.
Chew toys. These are comparable to babies’ teethers and pacifiers. They are not edible but they are used to keep the dog chewing and removing food debris at the same time.
Benefits of dental treats for dogs
As mentioned earlier, dogs can also suffer from different dental problems like humans. Issues with bad breath (halitosis), cavities, plaque, tartar, gum bleeding, and infection can happen if owners do not do something to care for their canine’s pearly whites. Getting dog dental treats can:
Improve teeth strength and appearance. Dogs are inclined to chew almost anything, even inedible things. Chewing lets them have a reduced amount of plaque and food debris since the motion scrapes off dirt and grime from their teeth. Giving then dog treats lets them chew longer, thus, making their teeth stronger and making them look shinier and whiter.
Lessen gum infections. Did we mention that dogs chew whatever they want? This involuntary trait can affect the integrity of their gums, especially if they focus their attention on hard and inedible things that could damage and hurt their gums. Giving them dog treats can divert their thoughts and interest to gnawing and grinding these edible chews safely and satisfyingly.
Reduce bad breath. Because the teeth and gums are cleaned, causes of having halitosis or bad breath are reduced as well.
Tips on giving dog treats
Limit your servings. The smaller the dog, the lesser the treats. Some treats are also food, so if you give more, your dog can pack more calories than needed.
Give according to strength. If you give soft treats to large aggressive dogs, they can consume it faster than intended. The same logic goes for small toy dogs. So give the appropriate density of treats to different types of dogs.
Avoid super hard toys and dog treats. Some kinds may pose more harm to your dog’s gums and teeth, especially if they already have existing gum problems and infection.